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Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove

1964 (Stanley Kubrick) PG, 95 minutes

Peter Sellers; George C. Scott; Sterling Hayden; Peter Seller; Slim Pickens

The film presents a delirious doomsday fantasy in which a paranoid Brigadier General, Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), orders a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. The situation only worsens when the Soviet Premier reveals over the phone the existence of the dreaded Doomsday Machine, a computerized device designed to blow up the entire planet should the Soviet Union be hit by a nuclear bomb.  Effectively encapsulating the American public's insecurities about a possible nuclear attack while recognizing the sheer absurdity of the logic behind nuclear war, "Dr. Strangelove" is both an outrageous send-up and a terrifying speculation of war-related politics.

Felix Gonzales Jr.

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