July 8, 2019 - 6:30 pm
All July, the Tropic’s Monday Night Classics series is celebrating ‘Merica—the patriotic, the political and both the absurdities and glories of war. The series continues with Stanley Kubrick’s chilling, hilarious Cold War satire: “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”
In 1964, with the Cuban Missile Crisis fresh in viewers’ minds, Kubrick dared to make a film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button—and to make it a comedy. After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike. Unfortunately, no one seems to know exactly how to do it.
Starring Peter Sellers as Captain Lionel Mandrake, Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley and Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove—and featuring Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens and George C. Scott—the film is a jet-black comedy of bureaucracy, nuclear madness and the end of the world.