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Old 11-14-2006, 08:46 PM
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Dr. Strangelove - What was the reaction back then?

Dr. Strangelove was on TV the other day again. Every time I watch this flick, I find more humor and parody. Just the anticipation of the next gag gets me laughing out loud. My wife hates the movie and thinks I'm nuts.

I was too young back then, but does anybody here remember what the reaction was to this flick? Did the Rooskies have anything to say? What about our government, military, etc?

Favorite line was the one something like "We can't be fighting in the War Room".

And I liked the comedic build-up on the survival kit, and Pickens saying something about it being a great weekend kit.

Riding the bomb down was the best.

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Old 11-14-2006, 08:49 PM
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It caused quite a stir. The people who saw the USSR as a monstrous evil were offended by the parody. The people who thought the hard-liners on both sides were morally indistinguishable found the movie life-affirming.

In other words, about what you'd expect.

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Old 11-14-2006, 09:05 PM
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ive got to see this movie
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:21 PM
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It was George C. Scott and Peter Sellers greatest moments.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:24 PM
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It was George C. Scott and Peter Sellers greatest moments.
Slim Pickens on the bomb was a cinematic moment.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:30 PM
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I don't have it on DVD, just VHS, I wonder if there is a "new and improved" DVD version with out-takes and whatnot?! As I recall the Battle Hymn of the Republic was playing in the background...amazing movie that has stood the test of time. Dammit, I was going to go to bed, now I have to dig out the tape and watch it.
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Old 11-14-2006, 10:22 PM
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I Tivo'd it.

My favorite line:

YOu can't fight in here this is the war room.
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Old 11-15-2006, 08:19 AM
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I don't have it on DVD, just VHS, I wonder if there is a "new and improved" DVD version with out-takes and whatnot?! As I recall the Battle Hymn of the Republic was playing in the background...amazing movie that has stood the test of time. Dammit, I was going to go to bed, now I have to dig out the tape and watch it.
It's on my NetFlix queue.
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:05 AM
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What first got me was general ripper's purity of bodily essence theory.
"...childrens ice cream Mandrake." It's so deadpan compared to typical comedys. Every role is top notch all the way down to the unforgetable vocal stylings of James Earl Jones as Slim's navigator
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Major T. J. "King" Kong: Goldie, how many times have I told you guys that I don't want no horsing around on the airplane?

Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones. You sure you got today's codes?
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:16 AM
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And I liked the comedic build-up on the survival kit, and Pickens saying something about it being a great weekend kit.
To extend the insanity further, Kong checks the contents of his survival kit with his crew on board the B-52:


- one .45 caliber automatic
- two boxes of ammunition
- four days' concentrated emergency rations
- one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
- one miniature combination Russian (pronounced 'Rooshan') phrase book and Bible
- one hundred dollars in rubles
- one hundred dollars in gold
- nine packs of chewing gum
- one issue of prophylactics
- three lipsticks
- three pair of nylon stockings

Kong comments positively: "Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff." [If a viewer looks closely, the word 'Vegas' is substituted in a re-dub for the mouthed word 'Dallas' on the soundtrack - due to President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas.]

(from http://www.filmsite.org/drst.html)
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Old 11-15-2006, 09:21 AM
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Slim Pickens on the bomb was a cinematic moment.
along with Peter sellers, George C Scott, James Earl Jones was included. While perhaps not his best role, I was astonished at the cast of characters in the film! Kinda like watching "American Graffiti"!

That movie came out during a really paranoid cold-war era in history as far as the nuclear threat. I suspect most folks back then weren't quite ready to laugh about it...kinda like the early years of political correctness and religious right...The Last Temptation of Christ", though short-lived, struck a lot of nerves...
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...That movie came out during a really paranoid cold-war era in history as far as the nuclear threat...
It might sound, and look paranoid, but the "Rooshans" really were out to get us!

Our 'paranoid' military policies made the "Rooskies" think twice about any kind of a takeover!

Silly as it seems today, it was an effective program in response to some really hairy times.
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I Tivo'd it.

My favorite line:

YOu can't fight in here this is the war room.

That's hilarious. I actually laughed out loud.

After reading all the posts in this thread, I've got to go out and rent this DVD.

It also got me to wondering why guys in general don't use one liners from this movie like we do with Blazing Saddles or The Godfather.....
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Old 11-15-2006, 02:05 PM
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It also got me to wondering why guys in general don't use one liners from this movie like we do with Blazing Saddles or The Godfather.....
Hey, some of us do! I have yet to receive a call from a buddy of mine in VT w/o a Peter Sellers reference of some sort. Usually it's a Strangelove quip, or the "She Loves You" song from one of Sellers' records:

Speaker 1: She says she loves you

Speaker 2: Ya?

Speaker 1: Ya... Ya...

Speaker 1: She said you hurt her so

Speaker 2: Gut!


Check out http://www.petersellers.org/sounds.html for some dandies!

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