Monday, 5 September 2016

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The BombReview















Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb


Release Date: 26th January 1964 - USA


Production Companies 
Columbia Pictures
Hawk Films

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 90 minutes


Budget: $1,800,000

Box Office Gross: $196,135,617
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Convinced the Commies 
are polluting America's 
"precious bodily fluids", a 
crazed General orders a 
surprise nuclear air strike 
on the USSR. His aide, 
Captain Mandrake, 
furiously attempts to 
figure out a recall code 
to stop the bombing. 

Meanwhile the U.S. 
President gets on the 
hot line to convince the 
drunken Soviet Premier 
that the impending attack 
is a silly mistake, while 
the President's advisor 
Dr. Strangelove confirms 
the existence of the 
dreaded Doomsday 
Machine - a secret Soviet 
retaliatory device 
guaranteed to end the 
human race once and for 
all!


Cast
Peter Sellers - Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake/Various
George C. Scott - Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson
Sterling Hayden - Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper
Keenan Wynn - Colonel 'Bat' Guano
Slim Pickens - Maj. 'King' Kong
Peter Bull - Russian Ambassador Alexi de Sadesky
Tracy Reed - Miss Scott
James Earl Jones - Lt. Lothar Zogg
Jack Creley - Mr. Staines
Frank Berry - Lt. Dietrich
Robert O'Neil - Adm. Randolph
Glenn Beck - Lt. Kivel
Roy Stephens - Frank
Shane Rimmer - Capt. 'Ace' Owens

Crew
Screenplay/Producer/Director - Stanley Kubrick
Based on the Book "Red Alert"/Screenplay - Peter George
Screenplay - Terry Southern
Executive Producer - Leon Minoff (uncredited)
Production Designer - Ken Adam
Director of Photography - Gilbert Taylor
Special Effects - Wally Weevers
Film Editor - Anthony Harvey
Music - Laurie Johnson


Awards

1965 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Stanley Kubrick (Nominated) 
Best Director - Stanley Kubrick (Nominated)
Best Actor - Peter Sellers (Nominated)
Best Adapted Screenplay - Stanley Kubrick, Peter George and Terry Southern (Nominated)


Review
The director Stanley Kubrick was an accomplished master of the medium when his movie DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB was released in 1964. This movie was hailed by many film-buffs as his greatest triumph next to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (click here) and satirises the Cold War which it was set in its time and turmoil. For me, it turns out that DR. STRANGELOVE isn't the perfectly ingenious comical masterpiece I was hoping. Though it's good to see another picture from Kubrick and it's a showcase of laughter that handles the serious topics very well. The set design was perfect and Kubrick's direction shows that he is a man of broad talent and a natural when it comes to comedy. 

This is a film which addresses the political issues of nuclear war between the Russians and the Americans. It is a plot that is not to be taken seriously and it does touch on some controversial war themes but in a very exaggerated and unbelievable manner.

Peter Sellers was convincingly hilarious in his three characters in this movie, one of which was the titular character who speaks in an over-the-top German accent. Some of the very best scenes for me in this movie were result of the fine improvisation and talents of Sellers. Even George C. Scott is having a fun time playing a crazed general and really compliments the absurdity and lunacy to this film. This is a debut for James Earl Jones who was yet to play his most infamous character from STAR WARS as the voice of Darth Vader.

Young audiences from the next generation have yet to experience the absurdity and the anti-war message of DR. STRANGELOVE. Still, the movie was a bit least exceptional even to me as I prefer modern comedies which I can better relate to.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie



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