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Dr Strangelove / Dr Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
9.54 /10
Peter Sellers , George C. Scott , Peter Bull
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Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Written by: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George from the book Red Alert by Peter George.

Released: 1964
Origin: GB
Length: 94


A mad general (George C. Scott), helped by stupidity, malice and incompetence in high places, brings about the nuclear holocaust.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The most celebrated satire of the Sixties. The screenplay is more like a series of revue sketches than a sustained and developing narrative. Some of the satire now looks juvenile, and the phallic symbolism is especially crude. Despite the fact that there was no one in it to "root for", the film immediately found a large audience, thanks to the establishment voices which attacked it. The film received huge acclaim from the vast majority of Sixties film critics, not least because it reinforced their view of military authority and the Cold War. Since we now know the Cold War did not end in nuclear conflagration, it may be tempting to regard it as a museum piece; but it remains a landmark in cinema. Kubrick’s directorial skills are very evident, and much of the black humour still works. Films like Dr Strangelove and If... enable us to recall the naivety - but also the passionate resentment - which helped fuel Sixties rebellion.

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