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YMMV: Dr. Strangelove
  • Anvilicious: Atomic weapons and the policies surrounding their use, especially mutually assured destruction and the missile gap, are absurd and dangerous.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The epic variation on "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" that plays over the bomber scenes.
      • The same tune is used for "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ya," an antiwar song about a soldier returning home a broken cripple. This dichotomy only adds to the impact of the orchestral version.
      • Many younger audiences may be more familiar with the alternative take on this song, "The Ants Go Marching." Oddly, this makes the scene work even more.
    • We'll...meet again...don't know where...don't know wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen...
  • Crazy Awesome: Ripper himself. Bonkers as he may be, one has to hand it to him how he delivers his bull in such a straight way. And then the man keeps a machine gun in his golf bag.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: When discussing the contents of the survival kit, Major Kong's original line was "shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in [Dallas] with this". President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas 2 months before the film premiered.
  • Genius Bonus: Mandrake's last name; a common folkloric belief is that mandrakes grow only in ground into which has soaked the semen that is sometimes forced from the bodies of men hanged to death. Mandrake's role plays off General Ripper, who is strongly implied to have been driven insane by misconceptions about sex, and who is ultimately, as is mentioned in a throw-away line, the greatest mass murderer since Adolf Hitler — what's more, Mandrake "blooms" as a person, taking authority to try and stop the impending catastrophe, after he unintentionally goads Ripper into shooting himself.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The drunken Soviet premier now seems like a parody of Boris Yeltsin, whose presidency came almost thirty years after the film's release.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Dr. Strangelove only shows up in two scenes.
  • Protagonist Title Fallacy
  • Watch It for the Meme: Major Kong riding the bomb.
  • Weird Al Effect: The Dr. Strangelove character is a spoof of the German Mad Scientist Stock Character from '50s films, as well as Rotwang from Metropolis.

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