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

Release Date: January 29th, 1964

DVD Release Date: September 10th, 1997

PG |1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

A film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and it played the situation for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people.

Cast: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, Tracy Reed, James Earl Jones, Jack Creley

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Hawk Films

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit, 1950s, Creative, Fall, Witty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This landmark movie's madcap humor and terrifying suspense remain undiminished by time. show more

  • 100
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    Is ''Dr. Strangelove" Kubrick's best movie? Along with ''Paths of Glory," absolutely. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Seen after 30 years, Dr. Strangelove seems remarkably fresh and undated - a clear-eyed, irreverant, dangerous satire. And its willingness to follow the situation to its logical conclusion - nuclear annihilation - has a purity that today's lily-livered happy-ending technicians would probably find a way around. show more

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Winner British Art Direction: Black & White
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)
Nominated Directing
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)
Winner British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)
Winner United Nations Award
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1965)