Original / alternative title: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Running time: 94 minutes
Strategic bombers receive orders to perform Wing Attack Plan R, which means nuclear attack on targets deep inside Soviet Union. This is not an exercise, nor a mistake, but this does not mean that United States are in war with Soviets.
RAF Group Captain Lionel Mandrake receives a strange phone call from his superior, American General Jack D. Ripper, who makes sure that Mandrake hears him loud, clear and recognizes his voice. This is important since Ripper is about to give executive order to put Wing Attack Plan R in motion. Mandrake passes the secret code to bombers from his strategic wing - crews of the B-52s are to open the envelopes with orders and proceed according to the Wing Attack Plan R. For Major TJ ’King’ Kong, commander of one of the bombers, it means attacking object deep inside Soviet territory. He personally checks the codes again, checks the orders and, just like Mandrake, assumes United States are now in a state of war with Soviet Union. When Mandrake discovers that the order of Wing Attack Plan R were not given by Pentagon he confronts Ripper, who locks down his office. Earlier he gave the order that whole base will cut off any forms of communication with outside world, and now confirms Mandrake’s suspicions - Ripper was acting on his own initiative without authorization from his superiors and right now he is the only man, who can still stop the nuclear holocaust. In war room somewhere in United States American president is about to learn exactly the same thing.
Classic Cold War political farce showing how fragile the unbreakable nuclear war procedures could be if the human factor would begin to interfere - one insane general is all it takes to start the global annihilation. Great performance from Peter Sellers, who played three different characters, great screenplay and the timeless message - nuclear war will be the last one.
Our rating: 5.6 / 10
Film value: 10 / 10
Realism factor: 2 / 5
Adventure factor: 1 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 1 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.