Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1963)

UK,
93m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Production began on 28 January 1963 1Daily Variety 28 June 1963 p.8

Plot Summary

Deranged USAF General Jack Ripper dispatches a flight of to the Soviet Union armed with , convinced that communists are sapping the “precious bodily fluids” of Americans. The Soviets threaten to detonate a Doomsday Device if they are attacked and the President of the United States and his team of advisers have to find a way to recall the bombers before it's too late.

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
© MCMLXIII [1963] Hawk Films Ltd
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Stanley Kubrick production. Made at Shepperton Studios, England by Hawk Films Ltd.
Executive Producer: Leon Minoff [uncredited]
Produced by: Stanley Kubrick
Associate Producer: Victor Lyndon
Screenplay by: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern & Peter George
Base [sic] on the Book Red Alert by Peter George
Director of Photography: Gilbert Taylor
Film Editor: Anthony Harvey
Music: Laurie Johnson
Recordist: Richard Bird
Wardrobe: Bridget Sellers
Make-up: Stewart Freeborn
Hairdresser: Barbara Ritchie
Special Effects: Wally Veevers; Alan Bryce [uncredited]
Production Designer: Ken Adam
Made at Shepperton Studios, England by Hawk Films Ltd.

Cast
Peter Sellers (Group Captain Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr Strangelove)
George C. Scott (General ‘Buck' Turgidson)
Sterling Hayden (General Jack D. Ripper)
Keenan Wynn (Colonel ‘Bat' Guano)
Slim Pickens (Major T.J. ‘King' Kong)
Peter Bull (Ambassador de Sadesky)
Tracy Reed (Miss Scott)
James Earl Jones (Lt Lothar Zogg, bombadier)
Jack Creley (Staines)
Frank Berry (Lt H.R. Dietrich, D.S.O.)
Glen Beck (Lt W.D. Kivel, navigator)
Shane Rimmer (Captain G.A. ‘Ace' Owens, co-pilot)
Paul Tamarin (Lt B. Goldberg, radio operator)
Gordon Tanner (General Faceman)
Robert O'Neil
Roy Stephens (Frank)
Hal Galili (Burpelson base defender)
Laurence Herder (Burpelson base defender)
John McCarthy (Burpelson base defender)

Alternative Titles

Dr Strangelove
Dr Seltsam oder Wie ich lernte, die Bombe zu lieben – German title

Links

See also
Fail-Safe (1964)

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies (1998)
Inside: Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (2000)
The Lady with the Torch (1999)
Revisiting Fail-Safe (2000)
The Spirit of America (2001)
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001)
When Billy Broke His Head… and Other Tales of Wonder (1995)

References

Newspapers

  • The Nation 3 February 1964 pp.127-128
  • New York Herald Tribune 30 January 1964 p.21 – review (Dr. Strangelove: Committed, bitter, one of the best by Judith Christ)
  • New York Times 30 January 1964 p.24 – review (by Bosley Crowther)
  • New York Times 1 March 1964 p.25 – letter from Lewis Mumford

Periodicals

  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.150-151 (December-January) pp.46; 138; 245 – review; biography of Stanley Kubrick (Stanley Kubrick); note (by Stanley Kubrick)
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.155 (May 1964) pp.45-47 – review (by Jean Narboni)
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no160 (November1964) p.77 – letter from Jean Louis Noames
  • Commentary May 1964 pp.75-77 – review (by Midge Decter)
  • Commonweal 21 February 1964 pp.632-633 – review (by Philip T. Hartung)
  • The Daily Cinema no.8870 (31 January-1 February 1964) pp.2; 6-7 – note (Commentary by Observer); illustrated article
  • The Daily Cinema no.8871 (3-4 February 1964) pp.2; 5 – note (Commentary by Observer); note (Trade shows)
  • The Daily Cinema no.8872 (5-6 February 1964) pp.4; 6-7; 11 – note (Commentary by Observer); illustrated note (‘Dr Strangelove' draws the town – shatters all records!); note (Trade shows)
  • The Daily Cinema no.8873 (7-8 February 1964) p.6 – note (‘Strangelove' late nights each weekday)
  • Daily Variety 28 June 1963 p.8 – credits (Film production chart)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.585 (2 March 2001) p.49 – review (New To DVD: Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb (B-) by Anna Holmes)
  • Esquire vol.61 no.2 (February 1964) pp.26-28 – review (by Dwight MacDonald)
  • Film Quarterly vol.17 no.3 (Spring 1964) pp.41-42 – review (Dr. Strangelove by Jackson Burgess)
  • Film Quarterly vol.18 no.1 (Fall 1964) pp.4-11 – article (The antimiltarism of Stanley Kubrick by Jackson Burgess)
  • Film und Fernsehen no.8 (1988) pp.41-45 – illustrated article
  • Films and Filming vol.9 no.6 (March 1963) p.55 – article (The Fall of '63 – United States by G. Fenin)
  • Films and Filming vol.9 no.9 (June 1963) pp.12-13 – article (How I learned to stop worrying and love the cinema by Stanley Kubrick)
  • Films and Filming vol.10 no.5 (February 1964) p.26 – review (by Bryan Forbes)
  • Films in Review vol.15 no.2 (February 1964) pp.113-114 – review (by Henry Hart)
  • Holiday vol.35 no.2 (February 1964) pp.101-105, 146-150 – illustrated article (The astonishing Stanley Kubrick by Peter Lyon)
  • Interzone no.27 (January/February 1989) p.26 – review (by J.G. Ballard)
  • Journal of Popular Film vol.5 no.1 (1976) pp.57-67 – article (Dr Strangelove, Red Alert, and patterns of in the 1950s by Gary K. Wolfe)
  • Kine Weekly vol.548 no.2884 (10 January 1963) pp.6; 15 – note (News of the week); note (Production by Derek Todd)
  • Kine Weekly vol.548 no.2885 (17 January 1963) Production Supplement p.6 – note (Production Round-up)
  • Life 20 December 1963 pp.115-118 – article (Take aim: Fire at the agonies of war by T. Prideaux)
  • The Listener vol.121 no.3097 (19 January 1989) p.59 – illustrated article (Films on TV: Planetary influences by Richard Combs)
  • The Listener vol.124 no.3174 (19 July 1990) p.32 – review (Films on TV: Reign of error by Richard Combs)
  • London Magazine vol.4 no.2 (May 1964) pp.67-70 – article (Stanley Kubrick's divided world by James Price)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin February 1964 pp.19-20 – credits, review (by P.H.)
  • The New Left Review no.26 (Summer 1964) pp.71-74 – article (Stanley Kubrick by Lee Russell)
  • New Politics vol.3 no.2 (Spring 1964) pp.94-99 – article (Strange loves and stranger deaths by T.J. Ross)
  • The New Republic 1 February 1964 pp.26-28 – review (Dean Swift in the 20th century by Stanley Kauffmann)
  • The New Republic 21 March 1964 p.28 – letter
  • New York Review of Books 6 February 1964 pp.12-14 – article (Out of this world by Robert Brustein)
  • The New Yorker (1 February 1964) – review (by Brendan Gill)
  • Newsweek 3 February 1964 pp.79-80 – article (Direct hit)
  • Positif no.64-65 (Autumn 1964) pp.130-133 – review (by Bernard Cohn)
  • Reporter 27 February 1964 p.48 – review
  • Saturday Review 27 February 1964 p.24 – review (by Hollis Albert)
  • Senior Scholastic 21 February 1964 – credits, review
  • The Sensational Sixties no.1 (Autumn 2020) pp.20-35 – illustrated article (Deadly Docs by Kip-Xool)
  • Sight and Sound vol.33 no.1 (Winter 1963/64) p.37 – illustrated review (by Tom Milne)
  • Sight & Sound vol.33 no.2 (Spring 1964) pp.62-67; 68-72 – article (Ten questions to nine directors); article (How I learned to stop worrying and love Stanley Kubrick)
  • Sight & Sound vol.3 no.12 (December 1993) pp.16-21 – illustrated article (by J. Hoberman)
  • Time 31 January 1964 p.69 – review
  • Wide Angle vol.6 no.1 (1983) pp.34-41 – article

Books

  • Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.229-230
  • Big Bad Wolves: Masculinity in the American Film by Joan Mellon pp.221, 251-225
  • The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick by Norman Kagan pp.111-144; 203 – illustrated chapter; credits
  • Critical Insights: Stanley Kubrick by Peter J. Bailey (ed.) pp.ix, x, xiii, 7, 21, 27, 28, 33, 34, 37, 38, 48, 49, 57, 58, 83, 86, 122, 131, 141, 144, 145, 146, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 171, 173, 174, 176, 178, 184, 189, 207, 215, 219, 226, 249, 253, 257
  • Dr Strangelove by Peter Bryan George – script
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.375-376 – illustrated credits, review
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.136
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.111
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.112 – credits, review
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.222-229 – illustrated review (by HK [Harald Keller])
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.65
  • Reconstructing Strangelove: inside Kubrick's ‘nightmare comedy' by Mick Broderick
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.108 – credits
  • Stanley Kubrick: A Film Odyssey by Gene D. Phillips pp.104-126; 184-185 – illustrated chapter; credits
  • The Stanley Kubrick Companion by James Howard pp.87-98 – illustrated credits, chapter
  • Stanley Kubrick Directs by Alexander Walker pp.156-221; 302-303 – illustrated chapter; credits
  • Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual by Nathan Abrams pp.24, 29, 33, 80, 90, 94-117, 119, 121, 122, 140, 148, 149, 159, 167, 205, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 224, 237, 247, 266, 267
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.35 – credits, review

Other Sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide May 2019 pp.9; 13 – illustrated listing; illustrated listing (by Stuart Brown)
  • The light-mare world of recent film by Eugene Paul Walz (dissertation) pp.307-313