History Film / DrStrangelove

1st Dec '16 4:46:29 PM Blackbison01
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* DownerEnding: Despite the attempts of both sides, a single nuclear warhead passes through, triggering a doomsday machine which fills the Earth with nuclear explosions and fallout. The final scene is a series of mushroom clouds, accompanied with the song "We'll Meet Again". And yet, it still remains hilarious.

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* DownerEnding: [[BlackComedy Despite the attempts of both sides, a single nuclear warhead passes through, triggering a doomsday machine which fills the Earth with nuclear explosions and fallout. The final scene is a series of mushroom clouds, accompanied with the song "We'll Meet Again". And yet, it still remains hilarious.]]
15th Nov '16 10:44:32 AM BobTanaka
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** Interestingly, while the Pentagon stated that pretty much the entire scenario depicted was absurd and could never happen, they ''did'' decide that the pay phone scene raised some important questions about whether information could be gotten to the right people fast enough in an emergency.
13th Nov '16 12:19:44 PM Saveelich
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One day, General [[GeneralRipper Jack D. Ripper]] (Creator/SterlingHayden) goes mental. He orders the nuclear bombers under his command to carry out a surprise attack on the Soviet Union. He puts his entire military base in lockdown with all communications cut, ordering all radios confiscated (so that Communist infiltrators can't receive outside commands) and all troops to fire on anyone who tries to enter the base, even if they appear to be fellow Americans (because they will surely be Communists in disguise). Ripper's aide, British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Creator/PeterSellers), tries to talk sense into him but shortly realizes his boss has gone right out of his pointy little mind, believing that only he stands in the way of a Communist plot to contaminate America's "precious bodily fluids."

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One day, day during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, General [[GeneralRipper Jack D. Ripper]] (Creator/SterlingHayden) goes mental. He orders the nuclear bombers under his command to carry out a surprise attack on the Soviet Union. He puts his entire military base in lockdown with all communications cut, ordering all radios confiscated (so that Communist infiltrators can't receive outside commands) and all troops to fire on anyone who tries to enter the base, even if they appear to be fellow Americans (because they will surely be Communists in disguise). Ripper's aide, British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake (Creator/PeterSellers), tries to talk sense into him but shortly realizes his boss has gone right out of his pointy little mind, believing that only he stands in the way of a Communist plot to contaminate America's "precious bodily fluids."
23rd Oct '16 10:09:05 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/almost-everything-in-dr-strangelove-was-true A 2014 article]] in ''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 ''TheNewYorker'' ''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.
4th Oct '16 6:05:36 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: The film famously had an original ending where everyone in the War Room breaks into a pie fight. Creator/StanleyKubrick decided not to end a black comedy with a farce. (Note there are pies on the table in the room).
22nd Sep '16 5:00:59 PM evilwillhunting
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** A more subtle form of symbolism: chewing gum represents the upcoming war. Mandrake forlornly fidgets with a stick of chewing gum while sitting on Ripper's couch, which Turgidson gobbles down stick after stick of gum with aplomb.

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** A more subtle form of symbolism: chewing gum represents the upcoming war. Mandrake forlornly fidgets with a stick of chewing gum while sitting on Ripper's couch, which while Turgidson gobbles down stick after stick of gum with aplomb.
22nd Sep '16 5:00:16 PM evilwillhunting
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** A more subtle form of symbolism: chewing gum represents the upcoming war. Mandrake forlornly fidgets with a stick of chewing gum while sitting on Ripper's couch, which Turgidson gobbles down stick after stick of gum with aplomb.
18th Sep '16 3:15:44 PM safari169
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** Ripper's paranoia about [[WaterSourceTampering water fluoridation]] was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation_controversy#Conspiracy_theories real conspiracy theories]] about the effects of fluoridation, some which persist to this day on both extremes of the political spectrum, minus the "vodka-drinking Russians did it" part. It is controversial because it isn't a good idea to injest fluoride.

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** Ripper's paranoia about [[WaterSourceTampering water fluoridation]] was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation_controversy#Conspiracy_theories real conspiracy theories]] about the effects of fluoridation, some which persist to this day on both extremes of the political spectrum, minus the "vodka-drinking Russians did it" part. It is controversial because it isn't a good idea to injest fluoride.
17th Sep '16 10:39:22 AM SlaughterhouseDb
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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: A perplexing example with Dr. Strangelove himself; when he tries to enjoy a cigarette, his EvilHand keeps trying to remove it from his mouth. This is almost certainly an oblique reference to the Nazi's attempts to discourage smoking because they thought it was detrimental to the health.

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* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: A perplexing example with Dr. Strangelove himself; when he tries to enjoy a cigarette, his EvilHand keeps trying to remove it from his mouth. This is almost certainly an oblique reference to the Nazi's attempts to discourage smoking [[JerkAssHasAPoint because they thought it was detrimental to the health.health]].
3rd Sep '16 7:53:35 AM Icarael
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* DownerEnding: Probably one of the funniest.

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* DownerEnding: Probably one of Despite the funniest.attempts of both sides, a single nuclear warhead passes through, triggering a doomsday machine which fills the Earth with nuclear explosions and fallout. The final scene is a series of mushroom clouds, accompanied with the song "We'll Meet Again". And yet, it still remains hilarious.
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