- 1 hr 34 min
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 black comedy directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film stars Peter Sellers playing three different roles, and also features George C Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens, and Keenan Wynn. Air Force General Jack D. Ripper (Hayden) makes the insane decision to take charge in the Cold War by ordering a wing of B-52 bombers headed up by Major T.J. “King” Kong (Pickens) to make a preemptive strike on targets within the USSR. The general is convinced that the Russians have already made great advances in a plot to dilute the bodily fluids of non-communists while using fluoridation as a cover. In order to keep the communist Russians from making further advances, the general decides to do what he feels the politicians do not have the courage to do, and attack the USSR militarily before they do. Ripper has also sealed off his military base from the outside world, and the only person with any chance of getting the planes recalled is a British officer locked in the base with him, Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Sellers). Meanwhile inside the Pentagon, U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Sellers again) and General Buck Turgidson (Scott) are in a desperate race against the clock to stop the bombing of Russia, for the attack may very well trigger a “Doomsday” retaliatory device that could destroy all life on Earth. Advising the President on all matters nuclear war is Dr. Strangelove (Sellers a third time) a wheelchair-bound German scientist who may well be the craziest one of all. The film also features Keenan Wynn as Colonel Bat Guano, a rather slow military man who stands between Mandrake and his superiors back at the Pentagon. Making his screen debut in this film is James Earl Jones, playing the role of Lieutenant Lothar Zogg, the bombardier of the B-52 that Major King Kong is piloting deep within Russian territory.