Rating: 10 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 03/01/2017 (rewatch)
Insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union. As soon as the actions of General “Buck” Turgidson are discovered, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike. Near the end is a scene that is probably the most uniquely unforgettable performance of Slim Pickens in his movie career. Peter Sellers plays multiple roles in this film.
Rated PG | Length 95 minutes
Burnell Tucker | Gordon Tanner | John McCarthy | Laurence Herder | Paul Tamarin | Hal Galili | Shane Rimmer | Roy Stephens | Glenn Beck | Robert O'Neill | Frank Berry | Jack Creley | Tracy Reed | James Earl Jones | Peter Bull | Slim Pickens | Keenan Wynn | Victor Harrington | George C. Scott | Sterling Hayden | Peter Sellers
Weird to sit in a theater and watch a farce about the very real possibility of nuclear war, which should feel like an antiquated concept, knowing that the current sitting president is in favor of INCREASING our current nuclear stockpile, which is 200 times the amount we need to annihilate the entire planet.
That aside, it was a true pleasure and unique experience to watch a 35mm print of this in a theater with a large crowd. Laughter during a good comedy is a great, cathartic shared experience.
As a bonus, Alex Cox was on hand to introduce the film with some related stories and bits of info. For instance, Peter Sellers was originally supposed to play four parts, not three. The fourth being the part played by Tex Ritter. Hard to imagine anyone else but Ritter in that role.
Terry Southern’s son was also in the audience and watched the film with us. How cool is that?!