This is my 2478th Review
Thanks to Cindy of Cindy Bruchman for this recommendation.
Number of Times Seen – 2 (8 Nov 1999 and 4 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – After an Army General sets off a chain reaction that will start WWIII, government officials and other Army personal do all they can to try and stop world annihilation.
My Take on it – Director Stanley Kubrick was always ahead of his time and in this film he gives everyone a satirical look at a doomsday scenario at the time when everyone was thoroughly engulfed in the Cold War.
It’s quite easy to look back at it now and laugh, but I’m not too sure that people were able to laugh so much about it back then.
The dialogue and plot moves very quickly but it engaging throughout.
Peter Sellers is amazing in 3 different roles here and was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for this film.
The too supporting characters that really stand out are Sterling Hayden and George C. Scott as military men trying to do their duty despite everything going on around them.
Slim Pickens steals the show tho as a Bomber commander willing to do anything and everything in order to fulfill his duty.
The whole film seems quite plausible a scenario and the government needed to changed some of their policies after this came out in order to avoid just what transpires here which shows how close to reality this scenario really was at the time.
Kubrick did a great job getting us to laugh at the absurdity of the Cold War from a perspective that we obviously can’t appreciate looking back, but this is further proof as to how much of a visionary he really was.
Bottom Line – Was probably not as funny to watch during the height of the cold war, but now it’s hilarious. Sellers is spectacular in the 3 roles and Scott and Sterling do excellent jobs playing Army Generals with a bit of problems. Pickens steals the show tho as a bomber commander. Kubrick really knew how to get things going in the Cold War era and most of this seems very plausible for that time frame. The satire works extremely well and despite many scenes supposedly dealing with serious matters, it’s so hard no to laugh at the absurdity of it all. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where Gen. Turgidson trips and falls in the War Room, and then gets back up and resumes talking as if nothing happened, really was an accident. Stanley Kubrick mistakenly thought that it was George C. Scott really in character, so he left it in the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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