Incredible Lines and Quotable Dialogue
Why this film will be forever remember is due to the memorable dialogue and the script written by Stanley Kubrick, Peter George and Terry Southern. Stanley Kubrick, we know, has worked on many scripts having gained screenplay credits for many of his films, including Full Metal Jacket, 2001:A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange. Much like A Clockwork Orange, Dr Strangelove was based on the novel Two Hours to Doom - or alternately titled Red Alert - by Peter George, who is credited as co-writing the script. Terry Southern is third in the mix and, amongst other credits, he is also credited for Easy Rider - Dennis Hopper's profound end-of-an-era film of 1969.
Here are a few lines from the film:
"Well, I've been to one world fair, a picnic, and a rodeo, and that's the stupidest thing I ever heard come over a set of earphones"
"He said war was too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he might have been right. But today, war is too important to be left to politicians."
"That's right, sir, you are the only person authorized to do so. And although I, uh, hate to judge before all the facts are in, it's beginning to look like, uh, General Ripper exceeded his authority"
"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room."
These are endlessly quotable and insightful - the complete contradictions of the anture of war summarised through a satire on the cold-war simply shows the genius of Kubrick, George and Southern
I think it's Funny ...
Problem is for me is that I didn't laugh as much as I thought I would. With only one-watch under my belt, I feel that I must take some time to reflect and then rewatch the film to 'get it' more. At any rate, the flawless script and the iconic look of the film alone puts this up there with the 'best' Kubrick films. In time, I will appreciate it more. It summarises many feelings about the Cold War and the fear that many at the time may have felt - but, above that, it laughs about it and relaxes you into seeing the completely ridiculous nature of some of the assumptions people had at the time.