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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

  Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Peter George, Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern
Starring: Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott, Peter Sellers
Links: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb on the IMDb, Buy the Book, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is also mentioned in timchuma's review of Casshern (2004).

"Mein Führer! I can walk!" - a review by pearly

If you wanted to, you could easily write a review about how, even 40 years on, Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is still relevant, perhaps even moreso than it ever was before. You could, and you wouldn't be lying or even embellishing the truth.

But that's the thing about Kubrick. His films somehow manage to be timeless, to be appreciated by each new generation that comes along. This is probably something to do with the themes of his films - they are usually generic enough so as to not refer to a specific event or period of time, and, as is the case with Dr. Strangelove, they can be applied to whatever happens to be going on at the time when they are viewed.

Dr. Strangelove is a story about the use of nuclear weapons, and the power that these weapons could potentially hold over a country (or group of countries), even accidentally. It paints a terrifying view of the state of defense, with a madman stuck in command, and no-one able to stop him, even those who are, in theory, above his command.

If you checked out only the first hour or so of Dr. Strangelove, the title may well confuse you, as Dr. Strangelove himself (Peter Sellers) doesn't actually appear until about 15 minutes before the film's end. Strangelove is a kooky character, but not as central to the plot as the film's title would suggest. In fact, it could be argued that another of the characters played by Peter Sellers holds more weight in the story: that of Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, the first person to realise that Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) is out of his freaking head and must be stopped.

So, if you wanna see the movie with the famous scene of the guy flying through the air on the back of a nuclear bomb, then head back to those heady days of black and white, and check out Dr. Strangelove. You're bound to get something out of it.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 5 Jan 2004

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