Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb ★★★★ 1964
Sellers plays a tour-de-force triple role in Kubrick's classic black anti-war comedy. When a crazed general (Hayden) initiates a nuclear attack on the Soviets, the U.S. President (Sellers) deals with the consequences, “aided” by a hawkish general (Scott) and a wheelchair-bound advisor with an obvious Nazi past. Famous for Pickens' wild ride on the bomb, Hayden's character's “purity of essence” philosophy, Scott's gumchewing militarist, a soft-drink vending machine dispute, and countless other scenes. Based on the novel “Red Alert” by Peter George. 93m/B VHS, DVD . GB Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, James Earl Jones, Peter Bull, Tracy Reed, Shane Rimmer, Glenn Beck, Gordon Tanner, Frank Berry, Jack Creley; D: Stanley Kubrick; W: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George; C: Gilbert Taylor; M: Laurie Johnson. AFI '98: Top 100; British Acad. '64: Film, Natl. Film Reg. '89;; N.Y. Film Critics '64: Director (Kubrick).