Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb | 1964

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Main Plot

An insane American general orders a bombing attack on the Soviet Union, triggering a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Characters

  • Peter Sellers plays multiple characters in the film, including the President of the United States, a British officer, and the titular Dr. Strangelove.
  • George C. Scott's character, General Buck Turgidson, is a military leader who supports a nuclear attack during a crisis.
  • Sterling Hayden's character, General Jack D. Ripper, initiates a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union due to his paranoid beliefs.

Ending

In the final scene, Major Kong rides a nuclear bomb like a rodeo cowboy, causing it to detonate and start a global nuclear war. Meanwhile, Dr. Strangelove stands up from his wheelchair, exclaiming "Mein Führer, I can walk!" The film ends with footage of nuclear explosions accompanied by Vera Lynn's rendition of "We'll Meet Again," suggesting the destruction of humanity.

Stanley Kubrick