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Dr. Strangelove


Peter Sellers played three roles in Dr. Strangelove: Capt. Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, and Dr. Strangelove. Uploaded by

Stanley Kubrick was a groundbreaking, visionary director. So it’s not easy to select his greatest movie, but it would be hard to argue against Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

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Many people today are too young to remember or understand the fear of the Soviet Union and the worry about a nuclear war that obsessed Americans in the 50’s and 60’s. But watching this movie will give you an insight into those times. It doesn’t spoil the plot to reveal that U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper decides that a first strike nuclear attack against the Soviet Union will give America the strategic advantage against a Communist conspiracy to fluoridate our water. As General Ripper says, ” 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.”

As with most great films, Dr. Strangelove’s cast was outstanding. Peter Sellers was especially outstanding, playing three roles in the film. George C. Scott, “Slim” Pickens, and Sterling Hayden were also outstanding. The movie had four Oscar nods (Sellers, Kubrick, screenwriting, Picture), and was ranked number 26 in the original AFI selection of 100 Years…100 Movies. Oh, and it has one of the best movie quotes of all time: “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”

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