Film 117 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1964’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”. Loosely based on Peter George’s novel “Red Alert”, this film looks at the fears of a nuclear conflict between the USSR and the US during The Cold War. I found myself to enjoy this film but did find a few bits rather confusing. Why was the Russian at the meeting with The President have a British accent? Why did we need five minute scene about water? Many questions such as those that never got answered. At least I feel like they were never answered. Also, the ending! Why does it end suddenly? Why do we end with Dr Strangelove getting out of his wheelchair saying “Mein Führer, I can walk!” before the closing credits? After reading into it, the original ending was for everyone in the meeting to have a massive food fight containing lots of pies. Personally, I would recommend this but just be prepared for what you’re about to see. This film was first screen tested on November 22 1963 which is the same day of the John F. Kennedy assassination. Also, Peter Sellers played three characters in this film (Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley and Dr. Strangelove). He also had charged $1,000,000 to appear in the film. This would be 55% of the film budget spent already which may explain why the scenes of the plane flying over mountains and rivers looks cheaply made. This lead to Stanley Kubrick, the director of the film, to quip: “I got three for the price of six.” If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it. Here is what I had to say while watching 1964’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”
Film – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Year – 1964
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Written by – Stanley Kubrick, Peter George, Terry Southern
Staring – Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden
IMDb Rating – 8.5/10
My Rating – 8/10
Length – 90 min (1h 30min)
Genre – Comedy, War
No one knows why there building whatever they’re building in the cold?!?
So… That’s how planes have sex
I can’t see a thing
I’m guessing I’m in a military air base
His mustache is clearly glued to his face
Time to put Plan R into action
American’s keep B-52 Planes in the air 24/7? – That’s seems like a waste of money in fuel
May as well read Playboy before going into action
OK floating helmet, you’re in charge now
Let’s double check in the Top Secret Codes book
Time to go toe to toe with the Russians
Better swap my helmet for a cowboy hat
Who sleeps with sunglasses on
“The powder room” – Is it a room full of cocaine?
Better do this job myself
Do I visit The War Room or shag my receptionist? I’ll visit The War Room
“Shoot first and ask questions afterwards”
Screw this speech. Better put the radio on
Time to see what Plan R is
Why would a plane have a “auto distruct” system?
I feel like there just reading off the script rather than Top Secret Reports
Music…. On the radio!!!! This is an outrage!
Rainwater and alcohol? What kind of drink is that?
Shall we stop the attack? Na
Meanwhile, At The Pentagon
Time to get told off for attacking Russia by The President
Is this what it’s like to work in The Pentagon
We can’t call off the attack as we switched the radios off
Again, I think he’s reading off the script
How much gum has he gone through?
I thought he said he had two things to say – He’s said six
He seems happy to kill 10-20 million Russians with nukes
The Russian Ambassador is here! The President invited him
Back to the pilot reading the script while flying
“You can’t fight in here! This is the war room”
How dare you try planting a camera on me?
Time to gun down the enemy
Wait…. He’s Russian! Why does he have a British accent?
The President tells Dimitri all about the plans to nuke them
This phone call scene is starting to drag
Russia as called on The Doomsday Machine to counter-attack the Americans
Why are we having a conversation about water in the middle of an attack?
How dare they shoot at my office?
Who hides a shotgun in their golfbag?
So… The Doomsday Machine will wide out all of life on Earth for 93 years
We built it because we couldn’t keep up with all the races
Wait… How long has Dr Strangelove been at the meeting?
So… Peter Sellers is talking to… Peter Sellers
How much gum has Turgidson gone through?
Merkwürdigliebe? That’s a long last name
Back to the attack on the air base
“Keep Off the Grass” – Seems like a stupid sign to have in a war
Back to the conversation about floridating foods
You became aware of floridation of food while making love?!?
We surrender! We surrender!
Lets talk about the time I was tortured by the Japanese
Jack’s just killed himself!!!!
Back on the plane
We’re being tracked by a missile
That thing can travel fast! 20 miles in 15 seconds
20 miles behind us
10 miles now
8 miles now
WE’VE BEEN HIT!!! But we survived
Are they flying over Russia or Anarctica?
Mandrake is being confronted by Guano
The auto-distruct went off but we’re ok
We can bomb Russia but we won’t be returning home
Since Jack’s dead I’ll have to call The President
Who has a payphone in a military base?
Let’s steal some money from the Coca-Cola machine
If you don’t get The President, you’ll be apologising to Coca-Cola
Back to the meeting and everyone’s freaking out
Let’s have a prayer before we all die
One of the planes hasn’t got the info and is still heading to attack
Is The President helping Russia take down their own plane?
Looks like we ain’t gonna make it to the primary target! Better find somewhere closer
Let’s head to the new target to save fuel
Time to do final bomb checks before we reach our target
The bomb doors won’t open!
I’ll get the doors open by hand
Why do the bombs say “Hi There” and “Dear John” on them?
5 Miles and still no signs of the bomb doors opening
That opened them!
May as well go out in a blase of glory and ride the bomb down to Earth
I have no idea what Dr Strangelove is talking about
Must… Hide…. My… Inner Nazi…
Why is he choking himself?
Excuse me whileI escape and plant a bomb
What the hell?
“Mein Führer, I can walk!”
Time for “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn as explosions take place everywhere