History Film / DrStrangelove

6th Dec '17 3:38:37 PM SCE2AUX
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* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Merkin Muffley is no Jack Kennedy. President strawman for the most part, Peter Sellers and caricature go hand in hand, taken to the extreme during the phone call with his Russian counterpart. The man is compassionate and softspoken, but he comes off as weak, which is underscored by his baldness, poor eyesight and voice, affected by a cold in some scenes. To his credit, he's able to shut down Turgidson's gung-ho suggestions and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who takes the right decisions. These HiddenDepths are modelled after Adlai Stevenson's.

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* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: [[DanQuayle Merkin Muffley is no Jack Kennedy. Kennedy.]] President strawman for the most part, Peter Sellers and caricature go hand in hand, taken to the extreme during the phone call with his Russian counterpart. The man is compassionate and softspoken, but he comes off as weak, which is underscored by his baldness, poor eyesight and voice, affected by a cold in some scenes. To his credit, he's able to shut down Turgidson's gung-ho suggestions and is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who takes the right decisions. These HiddenDepths are modelled after Adlai Stevenson's.
3rd Dec '17 12:48:59 AM nero666
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** [[http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/almost-everything-in-dr-strangelove-was-true A 2014 article]] in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' by Creator/EricSchlosser confirmed what many had long suspected: that despite the disclaimer placed in front of the movie, and the scorn heaped upon its plot by the military establishment at the time, for many decades it was entirely possible for someone other than the US President to launch a nuclear first strike without authorization.

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** [[http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/almost-everything-in-dr-strangelove-was-true A 2014 article]] in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' by Creator/EricSchlosser Eric Schlosser confirmed what many had long suspected: that despite the disclaimer placed in front of the movie, and the scorn heaped upon its plot by the military establishment at the time, for many decades it was entirely possible for someone other than the US President to launch a nuclear first strike without authorization.
26th Nov '17 1:59:58 PM nombretomado
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* SurvivorGuilt: President Muffley discusses it paraphrasing [[HistoryOfTheUSSR Khrushchev]]; Won't "the living envy the dead"? but Strangelove easily dismisses the concept.

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* SurvivorGuilt: President Muffley discusses it paraphrasing [[HistoryOfTheUSSR [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheUSSR Khrushchev]]; Won't "the living envy the dead"? but Strangelove easily dismisses the concept.
18th Nov '17 3:24:53 PM KingClark
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In Washington, U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers again) holds a meeting in the War Room with his top advisors. While the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, General Buck Turgidson (Creator/GeorgeCScott), sees the crisis as an opportunity to hit the Russkies where they live once and for all, the President's [[GeniusCripple wheelchair-bound]], [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons ex-Nazi]] [[MadScientist science advisor]], Dr. Strangelove (also Peter Sellers), and the Soviet ambassador (Peter Bull) both confirm that an attack on the USSR will trigger [[DoomsdayDevice The Doomsday Machine]]: a computer programmed to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum detonate a cobalt bomb that will kill nearly all life on Earth's surface with its radiation over the course of months, if the Soviet Union is attacked (or if any attempt is made to disable the Doomsday Machine]]). The president gets on the hotline and desperately attempts to convince the drunken Soviet premier that the American attack is just a silly mistake as they attempt to call off the attack.

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In Washington, U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers again) holds a meeting in the War Room with his top advisors. While the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, General Buck Turgidson (Creator/GeorgeCScott), sees the crisis as an opportunity to hit the Russkies where they live once and for all, the President's [[GeniusCripple wheelchair-bound]], [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons ex-Nazi]] [[MadScientist science advisor]], Dr. Strangelove (also Peter Sellers), and the Soviet ambassador (Peter Bull) both confirm that an attack on the USSR will trigger [[DoomsdayDevice The Doomsday Machine]]: a computer programmed to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum detonate a cobalt bomb that will kill nearly all life on Earth's surface with its radiation over the course of months, if the Soviet Union is attacked (or if any attempt is made to disable the Doomsday Machine]]).Machine)]]. The president gets on the hotline and desperately attempts to convince the drunken Soviet premier that the American attack is just a silly mistake as they attempt to call off the attack.
10th Nov '17 10:22:27 AM Titus88
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* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of the film, it's clear that both sides are preparing to continue the cold war after the surviving humans emerge from the mineshafts. The Americans are worried about a "mineshaft gap", while the Soviet ambassador takes pictures of the War Room.
4th Nov '17 6:40:57 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ImproperlyParanoid: General Ripper triggers WorldWarIII because, in an era where Communist Russia literally had dastardly plans afoot (ex. the Doomsday Machine), he ''still'' jumps on the most brain-dead silly conspiracy theory of all as the reason to champion such a thing.
2nd Nov '17 3:09:09 PM StarTropes
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* NaturalizedName: Dr. Strangelove is a German immigrant. When someone mentions that the name "Strangelove" doesn't really sound German, another character reveals that it was originally "Merkwürdigliebe" (literally means "strange love"), but he anglicized it after moving to the US.

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* NaturalizedName: Dr. Strangelove is a German immigrant. When someone Turgidson mentions that the name "Strangelove" doesn't really sound German, another character reveals that it was originally "Merkwürdigliebe" (literally means "strange love"), but he anglicized it after moving to the US.
21st Oct '17 5:18:52 PM ShaiPa
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** In his binder marked, "Targets in Megadeath," General Turgidson had a study ready for "this eventuality."



* DecapitatedArmy: "Plan R" is designed to subvert this contingency; if Washington leadership is incapacitated, regional commanders have the authority to launch a counter-attack.

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* DecapitatedArmy: "Plan R" is designed to subvert defy this contingency; contingency: if Washington leadership is incapacitated, regional commanders have the authority to launch a counter-attack.counter-attack. Ripper exploits this by telling his base soldiers and the B-52 bomber command that Washington has been wiped out and ordering them to nuke their targets in the Soviet Union.


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* FreudianSlip: Strangelove, when selling Muffley on the idea of surviving in mineshafts, accidentally calls him, [[UsefulNote/AdolfHitler Mein Fuhrer]]. He then quickly corrects himself: Im sorry, Mr. President.
14th Oct '17 9:21:11 AM AllenbysEyes88
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** Other scientists upon whom the Strangelove character was based were Herman Kahn, Edward Teller and John von Neumann. While many assume Henry Kissinger was an inspiration, Kubrick and Sellers both denied it, and Kissinger's background (he was neither a rocket scientist nor an ex-Nazi) wouldn't fit the character anyway.[[note]]Kissinger did however inspire the similar character of Dr. Groetschle in ''Film/FailSafe'', who fits Kissinger's background and personality to a T.[[/note]]

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** Other scientists upon whom the Strangelove character was based were Herman Kahn, Kahn (who originated the idea of the "Doomsday Device" in his book ''On Thermonuclear War''), Edward Teller and John von Neumann. While many assume Henry Kissinger was an inspiration, Kubrick and Sellers both denied it, and Kissinger's background (he was neither a rocket scientist nor an ex-Nazi) wouldn't fit the character anyway.[[note]]Kissinger did however inspire the similar character of Dr. Groetschle in ''Film/FailSafe'', who fits Kissinger's background and personality to a T.[[/note]]
1st Oct '17 8:59:55 AM nombretomado
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* SexIsEvil: General Ripper's insane [[ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]] came about after experiencing confusion over sexual intercourse. He didn't know what a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refractory_period_%28sex%29 refractory period]] was, and thus interpreted his post-coital exhaustion as [[InsaneTrollLogic the woman stealing his "vital essence."]]

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* SexIsEvil: General Ripper's insane [[ConspiracyTheories conspiracy theories]] UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories came about after experiencing confusion over sexual intercourse. He didn't know what a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refractory_period_%28sex%29 refractory period]] was, and thus interpreted his post-coital exhaustion as [[InsaneTrollLogic the woman stealing his "vital essence."]]
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