Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

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Factual error: During the B-52's final destination bombing run the bombardier counts down the distance from target to the crew. The beginning distance starts at 10 miles from target down to 3 miles at the rate of 1 mile per minute or 60 mph. A B-52's minimum cruising speed is about 300 mph, which calculates to traveling a mile every 12 seconds. (01:17:10 - 01:22:50)

Plot hole: Turgidson's 'secretary' listens to the incoming telephone messages for only a second or two, and relays a much longer message than she could have heard during that time.

Plot hole: The attack on Burpelson should have started at night. Using time cues like Turgidson's secretary stating the message was "about 8 minutes ago" and "it's three o'clock in the morning" (the clock says 3:15) Mandrake sent the go code approx 2:06am (CST). Later in the war room Turgidson states the code was sent "about 35 minutes ago". Ten minutes later the president orders General Faceman to assault the base. This order would have gone to Alvarado approx 2:51am, about 30 minutes to load troops and drive seven miles and they should have reached the base perimeter by 3:20am (with headlights).

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Trivia: Kubrick originally wanted to make this a serious drama. During the screenwriting process he was confronted again and again with situations that were completely truthful and serious, yet he was afraid and audience would laugh at how absurd it is. Such as general Turgeson referring to general Ripper's sending an entire bomb wing to obliterate Russia as "Overextending his authority". He eventually figured out that the only way to write it would be as a comedy.

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Question: Was there any significance besides comedy to the very last scene of the movie where Dr. Strangelove stands and proclaims "Mein Fuhrer. I Can Walk." It was pretty funny as is, but I wondered if there was some sort of allusion or other intention to that line.

Answer: Peter Sellers improvised it. During that scene if you watch the actor playing the Russian character you can see him trying not to laugh at Seller's performance.

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