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

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

DIRECTOR: Stanley Kubrick

STARRING:  Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens

GENRE: Black Comedy

YEAR: 1964

COUNTRY: United States, Britain

Dr. Strangelove is one of Kubrick’s most famous films. It’s success could be attributed to Kubrick. He turned feelings of fear against Russia and apprehension of the Cold War into comedic gold. Also Peter Sellers kicked ass in three different roles! I don’t think many people could pull that off anymore.

Dr. Strangelove subtitled, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy based on struggles between Russia and the United States. The main characters we follow are United States Air Force Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper, his executive officer Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, and the President of the United States Merkin Muffley. Ripper proclaims war on behalf of the United States and sends B-52 bombers to attack the Soviet Union. Mandrake tries to overpower and convince Ripper to send the bombers back but fails. We watch as the President of the United States tries to assess the situation and minimize damage to everyone.

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is one of my favorite black and white comedies. While I enjoy all of Stanley Kubrick’s films, this is by far one of my favorites overall. Peter Sellers is awesome as Mandrake, the United States President, and former Nazi Dr. Strangelove. All of the characters are hilarious to watch and very quotable. The writing is awesome and as a writer myself this is one of the films that influence me.

While I absolutely love this film, I still have some issues with it.  The film is very slow to get rolling, but once it does it is a hoot and a half. Sorry for that, too much Big Bang Theory. Some of the secondary characters are very droll and hard to watch, but they serve their purpose. They show how boring and idiotic politicians are, especially in a position of power.


  • Great dry humor.
  • Cold war themes.
  • Peter Sellers in three roles.
  • Mein Fuhrer I can walk!!!


  • Black and white.
  • Dated Humor.

SCORES: 9.0 / 10

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Brandon Stuhr

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