Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is a movie that portrays the situation during the Cold War in comical fashion. The movie is about the United State’s attempt to recall the planes ordered by the paranoid General Ripper to attack the Soviet Union and essentially save the planet from destruction. Producer and director Stanley Kubrick, basing the movie on the novel Red Alert intended the movie to be a straightforward drama but was unable to without using crucial scenes of the story that seemed to give the movie a more comical view of the plot.

The first scene of the movie is the mid-air refueling of a fighter plan, where
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He also disconnects all the phone lines so there can be no contact with the outside world. Therefore, there is no way to reach the general and retrieve the correct sequence needed to recall the planes. These facts, along with the fact that finding the correct sequence with a computer could take days, forces the president to send Colonel “Bat” Guano and his troops to take over Burpleson and call on Ambassador de Sadesky to contact Premier Kissoff, the leader of the Soviet Union, to alert him of the situation and allow him to destroy the planes if the sequence cannot be determined.

Meanwhile, in Burpleson Air Force base, General Ripper explains to Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, played be Peter Sellers, when he first realized the threat of a communist invasion. While shooting at the “communist attackers”, in reality Colonel Guano’s troops, he explains how fluoridation of water was a communist attempt to control Americans. When the shooting stops, he goes into the bathroom and kills himself, still the only one with the code.

Eventually, Guano reaches Mandrake and the dead general. Mandrake begins looking for clues for the correct sequence and finds it written on the general’s desk. With this he calls the president and the president then gives the order to fall back. However, one plane does not receive the transmission because it had been attacked and the receiver was destroyed Major “King” Kong, the pilot of the plane, flies to a secondary
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