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

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

Like most of his work, Stanley Kubrick's deadly black satirical comedy-thriller on cold war madness and its possible effects (1964) has aged well: the manic, cartoonish performances of George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, and Peter Sellers (in three separate roles, including the title part) look as brilliant as ever, and Kubrick's icy contempt for 20th-century humanity may find its purest expression in the figure of Strangelove himself, a savage extrapolation of a then-obscure Henry Kissinger conflated with Wernher von Braun and Dr. Mabuse to suggest a flawed, spastic machine with Nazi reflexes that ultimately turns on itself. With Peter Bull, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, and James Earl Jones.



  • Peter Sellers
  • George C. Scott
  • Sterling Hayden
  • Keenan Wynn
  • Slim Pickens
  • James Earl Jones
  • Peter Bull
  • Tracy Reed
  • Jack Creley
  • Frank Berry
  • Glenn Beck
  • Shane Rimmer
  • Gordon Tanner
  • Robert O'Neil
  • Roy Stephens
  • Laurence Herder
  • John McCarthy
  • Hal Galili
  • Paul Tamarin

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