Dr. Strangelove - 1964
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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (commonly known as Dr. Strangelove) is a 1964 black comedy film directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and featuring Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn and Slim Pickens. Loosely based on Peter George's Cold War thriller novel Red Alert (aka Two Hours to Doom), Dr. Strangelove satirized the nuclear scare.
The story concerns an unhinged US Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, and follows the President of the United States, his advisors, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse, as well as the crew of one B-52 as they attempt to deliver their payload.
In 1989, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was listed as number three on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs.
USAF Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper, the commander of Burpelson Air Force Base, initiates a plan to attack the Soviet Union with nuclear weapons in the paranoid belief that there is a Communist conspiracy involving water fluoridation which will lead to contamination of everyone's "precious bodily fluids." Ripper orders his nuclear-armed B-52s which were holding at a fail-safe point as part of a special training exercise, to initiate "Wing Attack Plan R" and move into Soviet airspace. Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, an RAF exchange officer serving as General Ripper's executive officer issues the command on Ripper's order, but later realizes that it was issued inappropriately, not in retaliation for a Soviet attack on America. He resolves to recall the planes on his own authority, but Ripper refuses to disclose the three-letter code needed to get the bombers back to base and locks the two of them in his office.
In the "War Room" at The Pentagon, General Buck Turgidson briefs President Merkin Muffley. He reports that Ripper apparently took advantage of Emergency Attack Plan R, which is supposed to give Field Commanders authority to retaliate with nuclear weapons in the event that a Soviet first strike obliterates Washington, DC and decapitates U.S. leadership. When President Muffley scoffs at the idea that such an option was ever considered, he is reminded that he supported and endorsed the plan when it was first proposed. When President Muffley stated that General Turgidson had assured him that the "Human Reliability Program" would make it impossible that a Field Commander would exceed his authority in this manner, the General responds that he thought it was "unfair to condemn the whole program due to a single slip-up."
Turgidson tries to convince Muffley to seize the moment, and eliminate the Soviet Union by launching a full-scale attack on remaining Soviet defensive capabilities. Turgidson believes the U.S. is in a superior strategic position and a first strike would destroy the majority of the Soviets' missiles before they could retaliate significantly. Without such a response, the US would be annihilated by "Red Retalliation." Muffley rebukes him and summons the Soviet ambassador, Alexei De Sadesky, calls Soviet Premier Dmitri Kisov on the hotline, and gives the Soviets information to help them shoot down the American planes.
Over the phone, a drunken Kisov tells his ambassador that their country has deployed a doomsday device which will automatically destroy all life on Earth if there is a nuclear strike against any strategic targets in the Soviet Union. The president expresses amazement that anyone would build such a device. The President now calls upon Dr. Strangelove, a former Nazi and weapons expert. Strangelove uses a wheelchair, is apparently paralyzed, and has little control over his right arm (it occasionally extends into a nazi salute and/or attempts to strangle him). In moments of excitement he forgetfully addresses the President as "Mein Fuhrer".
Dr Strangelove explains the technology behind the Doomsday Device and why, once activated, it is essential that not only should it destroy the world in the event of a nuclear attack but also destroy the world if anyone attempts to deactivate the Device. He further points out that the "whole point of the Doomsday Device is lost if you keep it a secret. Why didn't you tell the world?" Ambassador De Sadesky says it was supposed to be announced the following week at the (Communist) Party Congress because, "the Premier loves surprises."
U.S. Army forces arrive at Burpelson to arrest General Ripper. Because Ripper has warned his men that the enemy might attack disguised as American soldiers, the base's security forces open fire on them. A pitched battle ensues, which the Army forces finally win, and Ripper, fearing torture to extract the recall code, shoots himself. Colonel "Bat" Guano shoots his way into Ripper's office and suspects that Mandrake, whose uniform he does not recognize, is leading a mutiny and arrests him. Mandrake convinces Guano that he has to call the President to tell him the recall code, POE, which he has deduced from Ripper's desk blotter doodles. When Mandrake attempts to use a pay phone (the regular base lines having been destroyed in the battle) the operator refuses to let him make a collect call, and he convinces Guano to destroy a Coca-Cola machine with his gun in order to extract the necessary quarters. Mandrake finally contacts the Pentagon and is able to get the code combinations to the President and Strategic Air Command.
The correct recall code is issued to the planes, and all those that have not been shot down by the Soviet military turn back toward base except one. Its radio and fuel tanks were damaged by an anti-aircraft missile, leaving the plane unable either to receive the recall message or reach its primary or secondary targets, where the Soviets have concentrated all available defences at the urging of President Muffley. Instead, the pilot heads for the nearest target of opportunity, an ICBM complex. Aircraft commander Major T. J. "King" Kong goes to the bomb bay to open the damaged doors manually, straddling a nuclear bomb as he repairs sparking wires overhead. When he effects his electrical patches, the bomb bay doors suddenly open, the bomb releases and Kong rides it to the ground like a rodeo cowboy, whooping and waving his cowboy hat.
The bomb detonates, triggering the doomsday machine. According to the Soviet ambassador, life on Earth's surface will be extinct in ten months. Dr. Strangelove recommends the President gather several hundred thousand people to be relocated into deep mine shafts, where the radioactivity would never penetrate, so the U.S. can be repopulated. Strangelove suggests a gender ratio of "ten females to each male," with the women selected for their stimulating sexual characteristics and the men selected for physical strength, intellectual capabilities, and importance in business and government. He points out that with proper breeding techniques, the survivors could work themselves up to the present Gross National Product, and emerge after the radioactivity has ceased in about 100 years. General Turgidson warns of a possible "Mineshaft Gap" which might be a factor when the survivors emerge. When Strangelove informs the President he has a plan, he miraculously gets up from his wheelchair, takes a couple of steps, and shouts, "Mein Führer! I can walk!" The film then cuts to views of multiple nuclear detonations, accompanied by Vera Lynn's haunting "We'll Meet Again."