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

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Psychotic Air Force General unleashes ingenious foolproof and irrevocable scheme sending bombers to attack Russia. U.S. President works with Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world. After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union during the Cold War, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Wiki

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- Sick5 star


- Meh2 star

Not my kind of movie. Had to watch it when I was in high school

- What?1 star

First time viewer..I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I thought this was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. For the life of me I can’t figure out why this has a 99% rotten tomatoes rating.

- Not Kubrick's best5 star

Although this does tell a good story and delivers a powerful message, it still doesn't compare to his masterpieces. A comedic, yet tragic story blended together in a entertaining way. This film explores the horrors of nuclear power and the outcomes of it. This film delves deep into trust and fear that these men have. If I would tell you which Kubrick films you should see, this would be number 5 for me. Behind: Shining, A space odyssey, a clockwork orange, and Spartacus.

- My favorite film ever.5 star

Although the film starts with a serious tone and is actually quite tense, it turns quickly into a satirical look at war and human nature. If you like dark comedy (or intellectual comedy) youll love this. If you like tense thrillers youll like it. If you like film them youll love it. Its a great GREAT film.

- Neato5 star

I know how some people say this movie isn't for this new generation. I think it is wrong, some Cold War geeks (Like me), from this new generation will absolutely love this movie. Just saying... I'm 14 and this ranks #1 for me. Thank you Kubrick, you are one good director.

- Everything funny in this film was written by TERRY SOUTHERN5 star


- "Ice cream, Mandrake?…"5 star

"…Children's ice cream?" This is Kubrick's other film on the required viewing list.

- One of the Greatest Movies Ever5 star

This movie is one of my all time favorites. Peter Sellers is wonderful in three roles, George C Scott makes a great General and Slim Pickens is clearly a scene stealer as a bomber pilot. Sterling Hayden is just plain creepy but makes a great villain. He encapsulates all of the Cold War paranoia of the time. Clearly a movie of its time (height of the Cold War) but still should appeal to today’s audiences. One of the surprises in casting is the navigator for the B-52 piloted by Pickens…a very recognizable voice. ;-)

- Witty and Insightful!!!5 star

Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 black and white film was comical, witty, creating an insightful satire addressing the Cold War at the time. The movie was based on the book, “Red Alert” by Peter George. The plot really begins when General Ripper, the Air Force base commander orders his B-52 bombers, who are on routine airborne alert, to use nuclear bombs on the Soviet Union. It’s also important to keep in mind that General Ripper was extremely paranoid of communism, and so it is not a surprise to find that this was not allowed. The President of the US gathers his members to try and discuss the problem. While on one hand General Turgidson sees this as an opportunity, the President wants to remain peaceful and tries to warn the Russian Premiere of the attack. When the Russian Premiere picks up drunk, he leaks information that they have a so-called “doomsday device” that could virtually destroy the entire world if activated, with no way to turn it off. Throughout the rest of the movie it involves trying to get the recall code to contact Major Kong, the captain of the last plane remaining, from General Ripper before the target is hit and could possible destroy all plant and animal life on earth. The style of the film was very enjoyable. If you’ve ever studyied the Cold War, you can really have an understanding of what’s going on in the film. Even someone who didn’t know much on the subject could still find humor in the pilots reading porn magazines and the drunk Russian Premiere. You can make dramatized connections to the Cold War and the characters and objects of the film. General Ripper, who had an obsessive fear of communists and was always talking about “bodily fluids”, could be representative of people who also shared the same fear. The doomsday device is also exaggerated, as being said to destroy the entire world, but it really gets the message across at the dangers of the war. Even today we still have enough nuclear bombs that you could say we have a doomsday device. Another director’s choice that was interesting is how the viewer could never hear the other side of the conversation. So when they were relaying messages back and forth you only got one side of the story. This makes it hard for the viewer to ever know what exactly the information is, and what’s true and what’s not, which is probably something people within the Pentagon had to deal with at the time. The film wasn’t intended to be historically accurate, but it strangely had quite direct connections to real life events. The movie is centered on these nuclear weapons, which is one of the “races” the USSR and USA competed in. It especially highlighted the fear that came with that race. It really showed how fear prevented war. Ironically if the doomsday machine had been announced publically earlier, it would have ensued fear, and no attack would have taken place. This is clear when Dr. Strangelove says, “…but the whole point of the doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret.” It also showed the almost self-destructive nature that war can cause. By the height of the movie there was fighting going on within the Pentagon, there was a suicide, and Americans fighting Americans. Overall the movie although fictional, was a surprisingly insightful, producing a satirical film that even Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon papers, said, “That was a documentary!”

- Terry Southern's Script5 star

There is no doubt that the late great Terry Southern created this out of whole cloth. Sellers is Magnificent along with George C. Scott. Kubrick put the jigsaw puzzle together to make it the greatest satire ever made about war.

- CLASSIC5 star

There is little doubt that Kubrick is a true genius. Peter Sellers as well makes a performance that is one for the ages.

- Um, yeah5 star

Undeniably one of the great films of all time. Peter Sellers as a master of character at the top of his form. Kubrick depicting the worst of human nature in the most enjoyable and stylistic form imaginable. The perfect cure for a cold war fugitive worried about the end of the world. And seriously, if you hate this movie you are too stupid to breath. And I really mean that. If you can't understand the brilliance of this movie you should just do the rest of the human race a favor and hang yourself because you are a drag on the rest of our progress. Seriously.

- Credits5 star

Could you please list Stanley Kubrick as Director and link this film to his iTunes page? Thanks!

- One of the Worst movies I've ever seen1 star

Like my title says this is by far one of the worst movies I have ever seen. It was not funny nor did it make sense. I don't get why everybody loves it so much.

- Mine shaft gap5 star

Genius; a near perfect piece of art.

- Great Movie!5 star

George C. Scott is amazing!

- Genius5 star

Kubrick you are a genius!

- Genius5 star

This is an amazing movie with a combination of great acting, directing and a hilariously genius script. When Kubrick started to make the movie it was supposed to be a drama but as the script and filming developed it was inevitable to see the dark humor in this story and make it into one of the greatest dark comedies ever.

- Maddeningly Explosive5 star

This is one of the greatest films produced in the history of exotic, humorous film making! My firsthand experience's mental review was an amazing film with the incredibly funny and creative Peter Sellers. Not to mention George Scott who played the unbelievable role as General George Patton. Simply insane in the Making!!

- As timeless as war itself5 star

One of Dark Comedy's finest gems from an unsuspecting source. Easily Peter Sellers' best role, and a evidence of Kubrik's great versatility.

- Oh man.5 star

This movie is mind blowingly awesome. I'm proud to have witnessed such an undeniable object of pure untainted awesome. Makes me laugh in the most heartbreaking way possible.

- Funny4 star

ONE of the funniest movies ever if you listen closely to the dialauge.

- Great film - poor transfer2 star

An extraordinary film; however, beware that the version being sold on iTunes suffers from data compression artifacts which I personally found intolerable. As a former still photographer, Kubrick was quite particular about the image which he was capturing on film. It's hard to imagine that this digital release doesn't have him spinning in his grave. The exquisite black and white cinematography is compromised here by coarse squares which are visible from the very opening shot. After spending 9.99 on the download, I've since purchased a Blu-ray edition. My advice is to skip the download and go right to the Blu-ray. (I'm puzzled, because the other iTunes movie rentals I've downloaded look fine. Clearly, there are some QC issues here!)

- Perfect! My Favorite Movie of All TIme.5 star

A masterpiece!

- Amazing4 star

I loved this movie, it's a classic only it's a little long.

- Colonel Bat Guano, if that is your real name5 star

Classic Kubrick. One of my all time favorite movies. Kind of dated, but still very entertaining.

- My favorite movie of all time, needs 10 stars5 star

Both Dr. Strangelove and Failsafe came out in 1964, both black & white, and BOTH caused changes in how nuclear weapons were handled. Scary but true.... See also, "The Mouse that Roared" and "Being There" for very funny satire of miscommunication.

- Black Comedy5 star

It's called black comedy for a reason, meant for smart people instead of some of the "not so intelligent" people who are used to gunfights and car chases, fart jokes and people falling over. Dark humor isn't supposed to be laugh out loud, "No Country For Old Men" had some dark humor you don't see anyone falling out of their chair laughing at that movie. My point is if you want to see a stupid comedy go watch something else, if you want to see a smart movie watch this one.

- You can't fight here! This is the war room!5 star

The title explains it all. This is Stanley Kubrick's funniest film, filled with ridiculous dark humor that gives an important anti-nuke message. With Peter Sellers playing 3 roles, this film is a masterpiece in comedy.

- A must see / own...5 star

I love this movie, I love all of Kubricks work. This is one of his last 'major' movies that I've watched, the name always turned me off and sounded odd...I had no idea it was about nuclear war >:) Buy/Rent this movie now!

- Great5 star

A great movie. All characters are perfectly complementary. A pint of humor. A pint of darkness. A pint of politics. And a gallon of movie perfection.

- Rented this movie a week ago. It's pretty awful.1 star

So I rented this movie last week, and I was pretty disappointed. I watched it on a plane and I had to take breaks from it every 30 seconds or so since it was so boring. The plot is not suspenseful at all, which I get, because it's supposed to be a dark comedy of sorts. But the stabs at humor aren't that funny either. I got two chuckles, max, out of it. I was not compelled to finish watching it - I did so only so I wouldn't waste my 99 cent rental. Bleh.

- Had to buy this after inauguration5 star

...when I saw Cheney in the wheelchair. Yes, many others thought the same thing - Cheney/Dr. Strangelove. An eerie echo and time to revisit this masterpiece of dark humor. May we be past the age of the nuclear maniacs.

- Way to go 2_Face!5 star

Way to go 2_Face! I'm 14 too, and I love classic films. This is one of my all-time favorite movies, and one of Kubrick's best (Kubrick being my favorite director). Peter Sellers is not one of the best actors, but he was amazing in the movie! This is possibly the best black comedy ever filmed, right up there with M*A*S*H and Fargo. 1964 was a time of huge concern, in terms of nuclear warfare, and it was genius for Kubrick to send out this love note to the public mocking the situation! There are so many memorable and classic moments in this film. A must-see for anybody who likes this style of dark absurdist satire or Stanley Kubrick.

- drstranglove5 star

drstrangelove is the funnyest movie its whity ironce and down right halaryous

- mien fuher i can walk5 star

i love this movie. i think it's funny and pretty clever too. Peter Sellers is a tremendously good actor.

- Off the wall funny and a warning at the same time.5 star

I remember watching this movie when I was young. We are still just 5 minutes til midnight on the doomsday clock even today. Great movie with outstanding actors. Wish they would show it again on the television.


Im 10 and saw this at a revival hous (tarrytown music hall) its so funny

- The Greatest of All-Time5 star

If I had to rate one single movie as the greatest film of all-time, regardless of genre, Dr. Strangelove is it for me. Sublimely cast, directed, and realized, this cinematic gem passes the greatest of all tests: it never gets old. It is as fresh a commentary on the inanities of the mid-Cold War paranoia that afflicted the political, diplomatic and military planning of the period as it is a general commentary on the conflicts between civilian and military. Insofar as the Cold War, in hindsight, was resolved as the first time in modern human history that mankind overcame a basic primal impulse (to deploy and utilize the weaponry that it invents and develops), this movie will forever present itself as the ultimate "what if" scenario. That fact that it does so with such chilling hilarity is a further testament to the craft of Mr. Kubrick, the ingenuity of Mr. Sellers and the gusto with which the supporting cast brings the script home. While the characters themselves are absurd, they ring true as archetypes. When watching this film, one wonders how we made it out of the great 40 year struggle alive. It is simply a masterpiece.

- do you think I would go into battle with loose change5 star

“Gentlemen you can’t fight in here, this is a war room!” is one of hundreds of great lines. This is a movie I can watch a couple of times a year and still laugh at the jokes.

- More Peter Sellers Please?5 star

Lot's of Peter Sellers movies out there and all a must see.

- He'll see the big board!!!5 star

I've loved this movie since first seeing it eleven years ago. Movies about nuclear war should not be this funny. Everything is here for this-the writing, directing and the acting. George C. Scott gives the best performance of his career (sorry, Patton), as does Sterling Hayden who goes off the VU meter here. Essential viewing for anyone interested in Kubrick or classic movies.

- Perfect5 star

film. I love this movie. If you haven't seen it yet, rent it or buy it, but see it!

- Kubrick and Sellers were genius.5 star

The first time I watched this movie, I paid little attention to it. I was distracted by other things such as my computer, and I really only turned to look whenever I heard my parents laugh. Well, recently I decided to actually WATCH the movie. I knew the basically plot at this point, and I must say that I was rather disappointed for a while. I had some chuckles here and there, but I doubted that this movie was really as great as people had worked it up to be. Then - it came. All I really knew at that point was that some general had just delcared war on Russia, and that he was lecturing a British colonel on it. Then, the General said, "I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids." I suddenly began to laugh harder than I've remembered in a very, very long time. And that's when I realized - this movie is GREAT. From that point on, I loved every joke they made. And Peter Sellers is phenominal in ALL of his parts - especially with the former Nazi scientist, Dr. Strangelove. As hilarious as this movie is, it also has a message. And I think that maybe if that message was not overlooked by certain political leaders of certain countries, our world may not have turned as violent and war-driven as it is. You MUST see this movie. It's a pure classic.

- a smashing dark comedy5 star

without peer,.this classic is one of the all time great films. peter sellers and george c. scott are two comic marvels in this film not to be miss!

- "Precious Bodily Fluids"5 star

How can you not think this movie is funny! And whoever said it's outdated obviously didn't really look at it properly. There are a lot of parallels between today and when this film was made. I do admit you have to be fairly sophisticated to understand some of the jokes but if you educate yourself on the Cold War you will find yourself in stitches after watching this movie. And yes, Peter Sellers is amazing! You know he was supposed to play 4 parts but he broke his leg so he couldn't, and instead an actor named Slim Pickin's was called on to play the fourth part. (Which is good because I can't imagine anyone else playing it.) But his performance as Dr. Strangelove simply steals the show-how can anyone not laugh at an ex-Nazi scientist with a strange dysfunction in his left arm talking about "the Doomsday Machine?"

- best movie ever! Why only for Rent???!!!!5 star

This is definitely one of my all time favorite movies, but why only for rent???? I'm not going to waste my money renting it because I would have to rent it a couple dozen times because thats how great the movie is.

- One of the Greatest Comedies Ever Made5 star

Peter Sellers best movie in my opinion, and one of the most significant movies in Stanley Kubrick's carrer. Primarily because most of his movies are very dark, serious but all well made. And this is a comedy that will live as time goes on. In my personal opinion Stanley Kubrick is the best director of all time, truth fully I don't think half of the people on Itunes know who he is which to me in the world of fimmaking is very intimidating.

- Brilliant, but a shame it's a bit outdated.4 star

Dr. Strangelove is definitely on my list of favorite movies. Peter Sellers is absolutely hilarious, and Stanley Kubrick was a genius. they make a great combination, much like Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. But for this generation, the humor is too subtle and the action too slow. Of course, anyone who consciously decides to watch a movie made in 1963 should know that already. but i'm young, and i think Dr. Strangelove is a perfect classic. watch it!

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Annie251 - Classic. Brilliant.5 star

This film is in my top 10 favourite films of all time. It never dates. Just as funny and relevant as ever. Peter Sellers' best work and my favourite Kubrick film. George C. Scott was great too.

SheldorMoonpie - 4 Stars - Rent It4 star

Dr. Strangelove, along with most of Kubrik's films, isn't the most accessible. When he makes a genre film he takes it to the extreme and this is no exception. Most people would say that this film is one of the best political satires of all time as well as one of the best comedies, and I can see why. There are laughs to be found all throughout the movie for those who like Kubrik's films and great performances from Peter Sellers (three of them). The cinematography and music are top notch and the final scene is fantastic. Not sure how many more times I'd see it though. It totally depends on your kind of humour.

Film critic01 - Amazing. You'll love it5 star

Amazing this movie is the best Cold War film ever. Had great humour, action, cinematography, visuals and outstanding performances. Worth 100%. A must see piece of art.

Pudding and Pie - biting5 star

a spot on satire on the foolishness of war

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Trent Reznoid - Great Movie but...5 star

Let me buy it! I don't buy most of the movies on iTunes is because most of the good ones are rental-only. Kubrick is a genious, and my favorite director, though.

KOHNY - Strangely Amazing5 star

Oh wow! I'm glad this was my first rental from iTunes, because it was definitely worth it. The strange combination of events that heralds in a new world order could not be more hilarious.

MR77 - Greatest comedy of the last century.5 star

Stanley Kubrik's Dr. Strangelove is simply put the greatest example of satire in a film ever to be recorded. Kubrik's attention to detail to attention shines through in this take on the cold war. The plot involves a rogue general's plan to call a nuclear strike on Russia with the hope of hitting them before they hit us. The strike can only be called off by him and the film follows the President and his staff as they attempt to call off the nuclear strike before the bomb is dropped and Russia's doomsday machine takes effect. Overall this film defined Black Comedy and Satire and helped to set Kubrik on the map. This combined with A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey show Kubrik for the genius that he is.

casadecanis - Not for everybody5 star

If Kubrick was an overbearing perfectionist, then all I can say is thank God for it and his work, and for thus offering those of us an alternative to the ubiquitous morass of cinematic mediocrity. I can spout platitudes all day long, but in the end either you dig the film or not. In either case the film stands on it's own simple integrity, an integrity characterized by little more than the skills and talents of the people who created it. If you think Hitchcock and Fellini were great filmmakers, and by some strange quirk you haven't seen this film, then you must view it post haste. All other tread carefully, and keep a copy of Kill Bill handy so your cronies can use it to reinvigorate you should you find yourselves artistically and intellectually overwhelmed by Kubricks work.

RN-Rudy - Why is this so overrated???2 star

I personally think Kubrick is one of the greatest directors ever (I LOVED "2001"), but this extremely outdated satire did not make me laugh one bit. Peter Sellers' acting only saves this film, because the rest is so boring and unfunny that it'll make you lose faith in Kubrick. And you shouldn't because I think this is his only mistake as a film director.

Honky D - A Masterpiece5 star

This is one of the greatest films ever made. Hilarious and terrifying, sometimes in the same moment, this film set the bar for black comedy and political satire. The movie bears repeated viewings very well -- it just gets better the more you watch it. This is perhaps Kubrick's greatest achievement.

DarkStar621 - a classic!!!5 star

You can't fight in here... this is the war room!!!!!!!

tgclark - Perhaps the Greatest Film of all Time5 star

Dr. Strangelove is a classic by every sense of the word. The plot is realistically crazy, the characters are superbly acted, the direction is astounding, and the cinematography is bold and dramatic. Sterling Hayden and George C. Scott are particularly impressive. This film is a prime examle of American fears and rationalities of the 1960s and is a must-see, especially for the younger generations that did not experience the cold war.

dancinthenight12 - Great movie, but....4 star

This movie is seriously important. It is just incredible. You have to see it to believe it, and you will also see the cultural impact that it has had. I just wish that I could buy it. I want to keep this movie in my library. Oh well.

wallboi - I could care far less about who..4 star

..This amazing example of satire poking fun at masculinity and the human condition itself "You can't fight in here! This is the War room!" is definetly worth a buy, and is necessary for one to begin to understand mankind-

2_Face - AMAZING5 star

i'm 14 and i love black and white movies one night a couple of my friends came over who both dislike black and whites. they loved it and since then i've been able to show them others. overall one of the best movies ever.

TrueNerd22 - A review of the film, not how nice the director was.5 star

Dr. Strangelove is an amazing work. Peter Sellers has three roles (he originally was supposed to have four, but physical injury limited him to three) and he pulls off all of them with comedic genius. The whole thing is a satire on nuclear war that is perhaps more biting and relevant today then it was when it was originally made. This film is not as crazy as some of Kubrick's other works, but it is every bit the classic that those films are. Highly recommended. Also, to the moron who gave this movie 4 stars instead of 5 simply because Kubrick made it and was a jerk, I have news for you: Mean people are likely involved with the making of every single movie ever made. Get over it. Review the film based on the merits of the film.

Ian R. - Finally!5 star

At last, this classic film comes to iTunes. This film has influenced popular culture for decades, and its messages still ring true today. Dr. Strangelove is an enduring film, and one that should be on anyone's list of rentals.

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