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“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” The election year of 1964 saw the release of several politically themed films, like the taut “Seven Days in May,” the election thriller “The Best Man,” “Fail Safe,” the terrifying doomsday chiller in which a computer error causes a nuclear strike against the Soviet Union, and finally "Strangelove,” Stanley Kubrick’s deliciously dark comedic take on the end of the world as we know it. Sterling Hayden is perfectly cast as Gen. Jack D. Ripper, an insane — and impotent — commanding officer at a U.S. Air Force base. He believes the Soviets are poisoning the water supply with fluoride, so he orders a B-52 atomic strike on the Russkies. Among the crew of the plane are Col. “Bat” Guano (Keenan Wynn) and Maj. T.J. “King” Kong (Slim Pickens). George C. Scott is also on hand as Gen. “Buck” Turgidson, a sexually voracious hawk . But stealing the film — he received an Oscar nomination for lead actor — is the brilliant Peter Sellers, who plays U.S. President Muffey; the eccentric, paraplegic ex-Nazi Dr. Strangelove, who is Muffey’s physicist adviser; and Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake. Sellers originally was also going to play “King” Kong but had a hard time with the Texas accent. He based Strangelove’s bizarre accent on the famed German-born photographer Weegee, who had visited the set. Associated Press
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