Watched Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Classic "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb"

Dr. Strangelove, #39 in the AFI 100, is a dark comedy about a nuclear war scare.  It was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. 

The story kicks off when eccentric US Air Force General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear assault on the Soviet Union fueled by a paranoid belief.  Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, a Royal Air Force exchange officer, serving under General Ripper issues the command under the impression that it was based on retaliation.

The movie follows three groups of people: General Ripper and Mandrake, The Pentagon (the President and advisors), and one of the bombers that’s ordered to take out a target.

Peter Sellers turns out not one, not two, but three outstanding performances as Mandrake, the President of the United States, and the title character of Dr. Strangelove.



The Pentagon scenes were pretty great.  One of my favorite lines was “Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!”

The film also featured a young James Earl Jones.  A-ha!

I was laughing out loud when Slim Pickens was riding a bomb and celebrating while he was at it.

This is one of the best movies I’ve watched this year, and I’ve watched a lot of good films so far.  Many of the film’s moments were hilarious, but the it broaches the topic of nuclear warfare in a very smart and sophisticated manner.  It’s brilliant satire.  J and I liked it so much, we ordered it on Blu-ray shortly after the movie was over.

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