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Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Stanley Kubrick and produced by Stanley Kubrick, Victor Lyndon and Leon Minoff.

The film was based on the novel Red Alert written by Peter George published in 1958.

Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorPeter SellersNominated
Best DirectorStanley KubrickNominated
Best PictureStanley Kubrick, ProducerNominated
Best WritingStanley Kubrick, Peter George, Terry SouthernNominated
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Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Do I look all rancid and clotted? You look at me, Jack. Eh? Look, eh? And I drink a lot of water, you know. I'm what you might call a water man, Jack - that's what I am. And I can swear to you, my boy, swear to you, that there's nothing wrong with my bodily fluids. Not a thing, Jackie.


Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: If you don't put that gun away and stop this stupid nonsense, the court of Enquiry on this'll give you such a pranging, you'll be lucky if you end up wearing the uniform of a bloody toilet attendant.


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The character of General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott) was patterned after Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Curtis LeMay, who was renowned for his extreme anti-Communist views and who once stated that he would not be afraid to start a nuclear war with the Soviet Union if he was elected president. Similarly, Brigadier General Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden) was patterned after General Thomas S. Power, LeMay's protégé and successor as Commander in Chief of Strategic Air Command. When briefed on a RAND proposal to limit U.S. nuclear strikes on Soviet cities at the beginning of a war, Power responded, "Restraint! Why are you so concerned with saving their lives! The whole idea is to kill the bastards!...At the end of the war, if there are two Americans and one Russian, we win!"
Peter Sellers was also cast as Maj. T.J. "King" Kong, but he had trouble developing a Texas accent. When Sellers broke his ankle, Stanley Kubrick decided to cast another actor who naturally fit the role. John Wayne never responded. Bonanza star Dan Blocker, declined the role because of the script's progressive political content. Kubrick cast Slim Pickens because of his work on One-Eyed Jacks. Kubrick told Pickens to play it straight.
Stanley Kubrick usually gave directions to actors without cracking a smile. However, during the shooting of this film, Kubrick was laughing a good deal of the time while Peter Sellers was performing, often so hard that he brought himself to tears.
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