The film Dr. Strangelove or How I learned to stop worrying and Love the Bomb begins at Burpelson Air Force Base, in the middle of he Cold War. General Jack D. Ripper played by Sterling Hayden sends out a “go” code to an entire force of bombers. His commands are for them to drop their atomic payloads onto scores of quarries within the Soviet Union. General Buck Turgidson played by George C. Scott is called to consult with the nation's military leaders and executive, as soon as the news of this disastrous onset bid reaches the U.S. War Room. Tugidson is a humorous war hawk and is totally caught up in the Red Scare. He believes if the U.S. just let the illegitimate onsets take place it will give them supremacy in a Third World War. President Merkin Muffley, played by Peter Sellers, jeers at this and begins the procedure of connecting with the U.S.S.R. in an effort to seek a solution and inform the Soviets. Major “King” Kong played by Slim Pickens, is in the crew of one of the B-52 bombers, and is approaching Soviet air space
In the air and fast approaching Soviet air space in the crew of one of the B-52 bombers, this one being flown by Major “King” Kong (Slim Pickens). The crew is rather nervous about getting the attack codes, as it signifies the start of all-out nuclear war. Still, the crew is determined to carry out their mission. Back in the War Room, it soon becomes very clear than recalling the bombers is an impossible task. General Turgidson explains to all present that recent and obscure legislation allows for a single general to enact an attack under his own authority under certain provisions. While these provisions were not met, the rogue General Ripper has ceased to care. The President grows more desperate. Back at Burpelson, British group captain and executive officer Lionel Mandrake (Peter Sellers again) soon discovers that the supposed Russian attack is not true, and he confronts General Ripper. Ripper locks Mandrake into his office and explains...
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