Watched Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Classic "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb"

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Dr. Strangelove, #39 in the AFI 100, is a dark comedy about a nuclear war scare.  It was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. 

The story kicks off when eccentric US Air Force General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear assault on the Soviet Union fueled by a paranoid belief.  Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, a Royal Air Force exchange officer, serving under General Ripper issues the command under the impression that it was based on retaliation.

The movie follows three groups of people: General Ripper and Mandrake, The Pentagon (the President and advisors), and one of the bombers that’s ordered to take out a target.

Peter Sellers turns out not one, not two, but three outstanding performances as Mandrake, the President of the United States, and the title character of Dr. Strangelove.
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The Pentagon scenes were pretty great.  One of my favorite lines was “Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!”
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The film also featured a young James Earl Jones.  A-ha!
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I was laughing out loud when Slim Pickens was riding a bomb and celebrating while he was at it.
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This is one of the best movies I’ve watched this year, and I’ve watched a lot of good films so far.  Many of the film’s moments were hilarious, but the it broaches the topic of nuclear warfare in a very smart and sophisticated manner.  It’s brilliant satire.  J and I liked it so much, we ordered it on Blu-ray shortly after the movie was over.


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Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb Blu-ray



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