Today is the day we learn if there is a limit to how
long an article’s title can get.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

Peter Sellers as Group Captain Mandrake, President
Merkin Muffley, and
Dr. Strangelove

George C. Scott as General “Buck” Turgidson

Sterling Hayden as General Jack Ripper

Slim Pickens as Major Kong

James Earl Jones as Lt. Luthor Zogg

Written by Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern and Peter
George, based on
the Peter George novel

Directed by Stanley Kubrick

Complete information is available from the
IMDB
.

Buy from: Amazon.com
or Amazon.ca.
That link is to the 40th anniversary special edition,
available
November 2, 2004. The latest edition of the Stanley
Kubrick boxed
set, containing another edition of this and other
Kubrick films is
also available from
Amazon.com
and
Amazon.ca.

Past movie reviews can be found here.

Premise

An Air Force General goes a little bit nuts and tries
to start World
War III, without knowing that the Russians have a
Doomsday
device. (The Doomsday Device is the sci-fi element
I’m using to
justify this review, by the way.)

High Point

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight here. This is the War
Room!”

Low Point

Strangelove fights his arm. I just found that
sequence to be poorly
motivated. Maybe I missed something. I have the
book, and plan to
read it, so that may shed some light on things.

The Scores

Again, adaptations from novels are difficult to award
full
originality scores to. This isn’t even the
first “general
gone rogue” story. It is the first I’m aware of that
treats the
subject as a comedy, though. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects are some minimal bluescreen type
stuff. They
aren’t perfect, but they’re not as obviously terrible
as many of their
contemporaries, either. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is amusingly and carefully
assembled, right down to
the inclusion of Miss Foreign Affairs. Kubrick kept
very tight reigns
on all of his work. Perhaps the Low Point sequence
bothers me so much
because it’s the only part I can’t figure out. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The acting is excellent. Sellers is
wonderful in all of his
roles. Slim Pickens, Sterling Hayden, and George C.
Scott were
perfectly chosen. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response has a very rare
trait; I enjoy it
more, and laugh out loud more, with every viewing. I
just can’t seem
to get tired of it. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was being controlled by
Stanley Kubrick. Once
again, everything contributes to the message(s), and
nothing is left
to chance. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this is a great movie, and a better
film. I would
recommend it to anyone without reservation. I give
it 6 out of 6.

In total, Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned To
Stop Worrying And
Love The Bomb
receives 37 out of 42.