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

  • Starring: George C. Scott, Peter Sellers
  • Director: Stanley Kubrick
  • Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 95 min.

Drury @ the Moxie: Great insights to great films courtesy of Drury’s Humanities faculty

The Moxie and Drury University’s Humanities Department are sponsoring this program in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Peter Meidlinger will be presenting a discussion of the film.

SUMMARY: Through a series of military and political accidents, a psychotic general - U.S. Air Force Commander Jack D. Ripper (Hayden) - triggers an ingenious, irrevocable scheme to attack Russia’s strategic targets with nuclear bombs. The U.S. President (Sellers) and Dr. Strangelove (Sellers), a wheelchair-bound nuclear scientist who has bizarre ideas about man’s future, work with the Soviet premier in a desperate effort to save the world

"A masterpiece... The genius of Dr. Strangelove is that it's possible to laugh -- and laugh hard -- while still recognizing the intelligence and insight behind the humor."
- James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Seen after 30 years, Dr. Strangelove seems remarkably fresh and undated - a clear-eyed, irreverant, dangerous satire. And its willingness to follow the situation to its logical conclusion - nuclear annihilation - has a purity that today's lily-livered happy-ending technicians would probably find a way around."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Kubrick's comic gem sparkles with enduring relevance."
- Gregory Weinkauf, Dallas Observer
"The film is a model of barely controlled hysteria in which the absurdity of hypermasculine Cold War posturing becomes devastatingly funny--and at the same time nightmarishly frightening in its accuracy."
- TV Guide

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