PG | | Comedy
An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.
In 1995 Stanley Kubrick enlisted Terry Southern to script a sequel titled "Son of Strangelove". Kubrick had Terry Gilliam in mind to direct. The script was never completed, but index cards laying out the story's basic structure were found among Southern's papers after his October 1995 death; it was set largely in underground bunkers, where Dr. Strangelove had taken refuge with a group of women. In 2013 Gilliam commented, "I was told after Kubrick died--by someone who had been dealing with hi--that he had been interested in trying to do another 'Strangelove' with me directing. I never knew about that until after he died but I would have loved to."
For more than a year, ominous rumors had been privately circulating among high-level Western leaders that the Soviet Union had been at work on what was darkly hinted to be the ultimate weapon: a doomsday device. Intelligence sources traced the site ...
When General Turgidson asks about Strangelove's name he gets told that the Doctor Americanized his name from "Merkwuekdigliebe." This is a mispronunciation of "Merkwuerdigliebe", which in turn is a slight misspelling of the German term "Merkwuerdige Liebe", meaning "strange love".
The screenplay title is incorrectly spelled. It reads: 'Base' on the book "Red Alert" by Peter George. This is pointed out on the DVD supplement about the making of the film.
The US version opens with the following text being displayed before the Columbia lady appears: "It is the stated position of the U.S. Air Force that their safeguards would prevent the occurence of such events as are depicted in this film. Furthermore, it should be noted that none of the characters portrayed in this film are meant to represent any real persons living or dead."
DEM 135,694 (West Germany) (24 December 1987)
$275,902 (USA) (31 December 1994)
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