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

"The hot-line suspense comedy"

An insane general starts a process to nuclear holocaust that a war room of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. A classic black and white war satire from director Stanley Kubrick starring Peter Sellers.

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Released: Jan 29th, 1964
Budget: $1,800,000.00
Revenue: $9,164,370.00

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Main Cast

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Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
plays Group Captain Lionel Mandrake / P…
George C. Scott
George C. Scott
plays General 'Buck' Turgidson
Sterling Hayden
Sterling Hayden
plays Brigadier General Jack Ripper
Keenan Wynn
Keenan Wynn
plays Colonel 'Bat' Guano
Slim Pickens
Slim Pickens
plays Major 'King' Kong
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • In addition to the 100 megaton bomb citation there are other oblique references to the Soviets' "Tsar Bomba" project in regards to the Doomsday Machine: The Ambassador laments his citizens' wanting, among other things, "more nylons" and the political difficulty this presented to defense spending. It is alleged that construction of the retardation parachute for the tested bomb's air drop disrupted the Soviet hosiery industry for months in order to secure enough material. Dr. Strangelove says "When you only wish to bury bombs there is no limit to the size". The manufactured test bomb was so large and heavy that no early 1960s vintage strategic bomber was capable of carrying it without substantial modifications impacting speed, range and radar-eluding capabilities. Its utility as a strategic weapon was therefore so severely limited as to render it negligible. Announcement of the Doomsday Machine was supposed to be announced at a coming party conference because "the Premier loves surprises". The Tsar Bomba test took place during what was supposed to be a several year nuclear test suspension between the US and USSR.
  • Stanley Kubrick intended to film in the United States. Filming was moved to England's Shepperton Studio because Peter Sellers had to stay in England due to his pending divorce.
  • General Ripper's paranoia about water fluoridation is based on a conspiracy theory by the John Birch Society, which was founded in 1958 and was prominent in conservative politics for a short time in the early 1960s.
  • Movie Goof (revealing mistake): The bombs aboard the B52 are 20 and 30 megatons. However, the stock nuclear test footage used for the target strike are taken from kiloton sized devices: Greenhouse Easy (40 kt) and Upshot-Knothole Grable (15kt). The end sequence also consists of mainly kiloton-sized tests with a few low megaton blasts; the first blast being the largest (Ivy Mike - 10 Mt). None of these approach the 100 Mt of the Doomsday Machine bombs.
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