Has there ever been a better black comedy than this one? Has there even ever been a better comedy? Maybe, Some Like it Hot.
So many great lines and great scenes. General Ripper and fluoridation. Keenan Wynn and the Coke machine. General Buck Turgid and the hot 'secretary'. The 'President',Peter Sellers shouting,"Gentlemen,you can't fight in here. This is the War Room!"
And the final, wonderful, "Survival Plan" scene by the deranged Doctor.
Sellers played 3 roles,the British Captain,the President and the Doctor, and was brilliant in all 3. We have had very few greater comic actors in the first 110 years of motion picture film history.
Sterling Hayden has his best performance as General Ripper.
George C.Scott,Keenan Wynn and Slim Pickens are wonderful.
Made at the very height of the Cold War in 1964, it was a chilling comedy at the time. It still resonates.
And it is still wonderful. Stanley Kubrick at his most sublime and that is at very top of a very small group.
Here is the fantastic final 5 minutes of the Doctor's Survival plan. Enjoy.