14 Facts About Dr Strangelove


Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, known simply and more commonly as Dr Strangelove, is a 1964 black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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Back in the War Room, Dr Strangelove recommends that the President gather several hundred thousand people to live in deep underground mines where the radiation will not penetrate.

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Dr Strangelove suggests a 10:1 female-to-male ratio for a breeding program to repopulate the Earth once the radiation has subsided, a plan which gathers enthusiastic support from the all-male command staff.

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Dr Strangelove had been expected to play Air Force Major T J "King" Kong, the B-52 aircraft commander, but from the beginning Sellers was reluctant.

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Dr Strangelove felt his workload was too heavy and he worried he would not properly portray the character's Texan English accent.

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Dr Strangelove is a former Nazi and scientist, suggesting Operation Paperclip, the US effort to recruit top German technical talent at the end of World War II.

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Dr Strangelove serves as President Muffley's scientific adviser in the War Room.

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Sellers's Dr Strangelove takes from Rotwang the single black gloved hand, the wild hair and, most important, his ability to avoid being controlled by political power.

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Dr Strangelove is seen during most of the movie advising President Muffley on the best steps to take in order to stop the fleet of B-52 Stratofortresses that was deployed by Brigadier General Jack D Ripper to drop nuclear bombs on Soviet soil.

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Dr Strangelove was filmed at Shepperton Studios, near London, as Sellers was in the middle of a divorce at the time and unable to leave England.

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In 1967, some of the flying footage from Dr Strangelove was re-used in The Beatles' television film Magical Mystery Tour.

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Dr Strangelove pointed out unmistakable similarities in intentions between the characters Groeteschele and Strangelove.

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The plan worked, and the suit was settled out of court, with the agreement that Columbia Pictures, which had financed and was distributing Dr Strangelove, buy Fail Safe, which had been an independently financed production.

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Dr Strangelove is on Roger Ebert's list of The Great Movies, and he described it as "arguably the best political satire of the century".

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