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The Nation
February 3, 1964

Dr. Strangelove
by Robert Hatch

"In Dr. Strangelove, the team of Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern and Peter Sellers sharpens the humanitarian message of such works as On the Beach and Fail-Safe by subjecting the bomb-induced paranoia of our era to ironic laughter. Irony is a very tricky implement for operating on the mass mind, and it remains to be seen whether in sharpening their position they may not also have narrowed it. In any case, they have made from Peter George's novel Red Alert a picture that is hideously funny, in the full meaning of the adverb."


Sing Along With President Bush and the Neo-Cons!

Dr. Strangelove is Our President
— Counterpunch, March 7, 2006

What I Learned Since I Stopped Worrying and Studied the Movie: A Teaching Guide to Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove a teaching guide by Dan Lindley, professor of political science, Universtiy of Notre Dame; published in a peer-reviewed academic journal

For a more detailed version of the guide, see...

For reactions and comments on the guide, visit

A Strangelove Exhibit at the Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto, Ontario,
January–February 2005


Dr. Strangefeld

Or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the Long-Rod Penetrator.
Alexander Zaitchik
New York Press
December, 2004
Vol. 17, Issue 52

"Forty years ago, Stanley Kubrick and Terry Southern drew our attention to the sex dripping down the leg of the Cold War. Dr. Strangelove opens with the erotic minuet of a bomber refueling in mid-flight, proceeds to drop enough innuendos to launch a thousand theses, and culminates in the iconic image of Slim Pickens straddling an H-Bomb in ecstasy, the detonation of which triggers a montage of multiple thermonuclear orgasms, each released to the lovesick lyrics of Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again.' Drip, drip, drip. "

A Bombardier's Reflection
The 40th anniversary of "Dr. Strangelove" prompts some Cold War reminiscences.
The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 16, 2004

"As the script evolved, Kubrick decided to bring in the renowned "bad boy" Terry Southern to rework the film as a satire."

Stanley Kubrick, Forever Relevant
by John Boonstra
Hartford Advocate, Film:
October 21, 2004

"Think about it: Are you better off today than you were 40 years ago?"

Truth Stranger Than 'Strangelove
The New York Times,
October 10, 2004

"Dr. Strangelove," Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film about nuclear-war plans run amok, is widely heralded as one of the greatest satires in American political or movie history. For its 40th anniversary, Film Forum is screening a new 35 millimeter print for one week, starting on Friday, and Columbia TriStar is releasing a two-disc special-edition DVD next month. One essential point should emerge from all the hoopla: "Strangelove" is far more than a satire. In its own loopy way, the movie is a remarkably fact-based and specific guide to some of the oddest, most secretive chapters of the Cold War."

New Dr. Strangelove DVD available:

Dr. Strangelove (40th Anniversary Special Edition): Also being released by Columbia Tristar on November 2nd is the 40th Anniversary Special Edition on Dr. Strangelove.

A 2-disc set presented in a 1.33:1 full-screen transfer, along with both English Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 audio tracks. Extras include “The Art of Stanley Kubrick from Short Films to Strangelove” documentary, “Inside the Making of Dr. Strangelove,” a split-screen interview with Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, the original advertising gallery, talent files, and production notes.

Turner Classic Movies, "The Essentials
April 24-25, 2004

Hosted by director Sydney Pollack, this series examines great films of the century.

"Movies that define what it means to be a classic."

(Use the slider at the top of The Essentials' home page to find Dr. Strangelove and the slide show about the movie.)

Premiere magazine, April 2004. Special edition: The 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

Number 75: Dr. Strangelove. Played by Peter Sellers

Atlantic Monthly,
March 2004

The Armageddon Plan: James Mann on Dr. Strangelove for Real: How Rumsfeld and Cheney Practiced for Nuclear Annihilation, page 71.

Democracy Now
February 10, 2004

Did Bush Spike Probe of Pakistan's Dr. Strangelove?

Greg Palast is an investigative reporter with the BBC and the author of the Best Democracy Money Can Buy. He recently wrote an article titled "Khan Job: Bush Spiked Probe of Pakistan’s Dr. Strangelove," which the BBC reported in 200

The Telegraph, UK
ARTS: Film-makers on film:

Spike Lee
March 5, 2003

Sarah Donaldson interviews the director about Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove (1964).

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War coverage on the political blog.

Jim Hightower
Sunday, September 7, 2003

"Poindexter is the convicted felon from the Reagan White House who, for some bizarre reason, was brought back into play by the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld axis of imperial weirdness. He was given a Pentagon office, staff, lots of money, and – scariest of all – real power. In service to the Bushites, he became the maniacal
Dr. Strangelove of the Pentagon."

Democracy Now
August 19, 2003

"But if it's scary you want, you might look down a level below Bush, Cheney and company, because they're not the worst of the lot. There's howling Paul Wolfowitz for example. John Dr. Strangelove Poindexter and his little toys that he’s been giving us out of the Pentagon. And then there are hatchet men in Congress, people like Tom--the exterminator—DeLay. I don't know if you know Tom DeLay very much, but you need to get to know this fellow. You know Newt Gingrich. DeLay is Newt on Viagra. Think about that image for a while." — Jim Hightower

Free Speech Radio News: Pentagon’s New Bomb
Thursday, August 14, 2003

"Reports are emerging today that the Pentagon is planning a new device that would blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional weapons. Antiproliferation activists say the new bomb could start another arms race - and would increase the likelihood that the US would deploy weapons of mass destruction in a future battle. John Hamilton has the story...."

( "... sounds like a scene from DR. STRANGELOVE," the report notes... )

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Democracy Now,
August 7, 2002

"U.S. Top Secret Nuke Meeting May Mark Start of New Nuclear Age 150 Top Pentagon officials, nuclear scientists and defense contractors will meet behind closed doors today in a top secret meeting to discuss rewriting the country’s nuclear strategy. Congressional observers have been barred from attending. Some observers fear the attendees will agree to end the U.S. moratorium on nuclear testing and to launch a new generation of nuclear weapons.

The meeting is taking place at the Offutt military base also known as U.S. Strategic Command outside of Omaha Nebraska.

The Guardian of London notes many ironies of the meeting’s location and timing:

The Offutt site inspired the setting for the 1964 film Dr Strangelove. "

(Listen to the entire show, or this segment, by clicking HERE...)

Alternet DrugReporter
The Dr. Strangelove of the Drug War
By Jim Hightower, AlterNet
May 22, 2001

George W- – the guy who claims to be President Compassionate, the guy who concedes of himself that he "may or may not have committed" drug crimes of "youthful indiscretion" well into his thirties-now is pushing a drug policy of squinty-eyed intolerance, inflexibility, meanness...and proven stupidity.

To put the hammer to the policy, President Nasty has chosen John P. Walters to be his Drug Czar.  Walters is a hard-line, shoot-'em-down, throw-'em-in-jail-and-throw-away-the-key drug hawk who doesn't want to hear any wimpy talk about people's constitutional rights or the need for drug treatment programs.  Indeed, in senate testimony, Walter snarled that drug rehab is "the latest manifestation of the liberal's commitment to a 'therapeutic state'."

W's new Czar is a right-wing ideologue who's made a career as a professional drug-war hustler, always talking tough at the expense of the sick and impoverished he so gleefully exploits for his own advancement. 
Walters is the
Dr. Strangelove of our country's absurd drug war...
Dr. Strangelove's Revenge
By Lynn Hamilton, AlterNet
November 7, 2002

The spy has come in from the cold, and Russia has agreed to lay down its nuclear weapons alongside the US. But one leftover from the cold war – surplus weapons plutonium – is, in some minds, a possible threat in the hands of our new enemies – middle eastern terrorists.

Additions to Tom Ridge's Security Color Wheel
By Will Durst, AlterNet
March 20, 2002

Blue. Good, but still not great. Better than now. But then so was most of the Cold War, excluding Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis. Think Dr. Strangelove with George Stephanopolous in charge. Still eating quarter pounders with cheese one at a time.

What Happens Next?
By Jesse Walker

October 2, 2001 understand what people actually mean when they call for war, peace, or some other path they can't quite articulate. Here, then, are our choices, beginning with the least violent and ending with the most:

The Ghandi Option. The Kojak Option. The Bronson Option. The Bugs Bunny Option. The Caesar Option. The Strangelove Option.

Put Up Yer Nukes: The Pentagon's Nuclear Dreams
By Bill Berkowitz,
March 11, 2002

"One nuclear arms expert told the Times that 'Dr. Strangelove is clearly still alive in the Pentagon'."

The Disturbing Sound of Silence
By Steven Day,
April 8, 2002

Eighty-four years after the "war to end all wars," George W. Bush seems hell bent on starting a "war to end all peace" and our government is pursuing a nuclear arms policy that make Dr. Strangelove look like a sissy. The War Room

News. Politics. Deviated preversions.

HIGHTOWER: Should the Navy Bomb Texas?
By Jim Hightower, AlterNet
July 24, 2001

... The good news is that common sense has prevailed over Veteto's Dr. Strangelove vision.

MAY 14 2003

Democracy Now's coverage

Operation Strangelove
Links to Participants

Other sightings:

Show a Movie for Peace!!!:
How to Use Dr. Strangelove in the classroom!

Film Review by James Berardinelli...

Images, quotes, and music from the movie...


Learning to Love the Bomb? —

"Love That Bomb"... Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

Movie Review by Roger Ebert — a detailed and wide-ranging Strangelove site...

"Relearning to Love the Bomb,"
in THE NATION, by Raffi Khatchadourian

Learning to Love the Bomb, by Philip Greenspun

Learning to love the bomb in SONG...

Listen to QUOTES from the movie... — review article by Tim Dirks...


Vanity Fair: "The New Establishment 2003", October 2003:
Vanity Fair's annual ranking of the leaders of the information age.

Below, center:
Nos. 34 and 1: Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Murdoch's Fox News...
Below, left and right:
the War Room in Dr. Strangelove