Dr. Strangelove

1964 PG 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

Dr. Strangelove

1964 PG 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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When a fanatical U.S. general launches an air strike against the Soviets, they raise the stakes by threatening to unleash a "doomsday device," setting the stage for Armageddon in this classic black comedy that brilliantly skewers the nuclear age.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
English, French, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Thai
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
Arabic, Dutch, English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know Dr. Strangelove is a 1964 dark-humored satire on Cold War politics and nuclear weaponry directed by Stanley Kubrick. Teens who view this movie may need some background to understand the sense of helpless peril of the Cold War years. They may also need some preparation to understand the nature of black comedy, and some may find it, and particularly the unconventional ending, very disturbing. There is cigar and cigarette smoking and occasional sexualized imagery, including a scantily clad secretary clearing having an affair with her boss. Off screen, a character commits suicide with a bullet to the head. There are some battle scenes involving the U.S. Army fighting with itself after a tyrannical general takes over a base and tries to start World War III.

Sexual Content

Many references, beginning with a suggestive opening shot of one plane refueling another. The imagery (and to a lesser extent, the dialogue) create a link between men's sexual impulses and their interest in war. Buck and his secretary (who's wearing a bikini) are clearly having an affair, and the men are delighted with the idea that in a post-nuclear world they may be obligated to impregnate many women. A pilot looks at a copy of Playboy magazine.


It's a comedy about nuclear war; in addition to the mushroom clouds and reports of planes being shot down, there's an off-camera suicide. Gunfire and battle scenes as an army goes to war with itself when trying to reclaim an army base under the control of a delusional general.


"Damned," "hell."

Social Behavior

As a dark satire on Cold War politics and nuclear weapons, the movie shows the tyranny of politicians and generals on both the American and Soviet sides.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigar and cigarette smoking. Soviet leader reported to be drunk. Reference to morphine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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