Posted by Larry Gleeson
After Billy Wilder’s hilarious Some Like It Hot featuring unforgettable performances from Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe, AFI Movie Club and veteran actor Robert De Niro bring forth Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb.
“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!” The film appears on several of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – including #3 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS!
Dr. Strangelove is based on the British novel “Two Hours to Doom” (titled “Red Alert” in the US) which Stanley Kubrick bought the rights to for $3,000 – and turned its dramatic material into a dark comedy.
A LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Stanley Kubrick ordered 3,000 custard pies for the production. They were to be used in an alternate ending depicting a pie fight between the Russians and the Americans.
I’m with Samuel L. Jackson in highlighting the ending sequence with journeyman actor Slim Pickens riding the warhead complete with an air lasso and boisterous “Yee Ha!” Also, hear as Robin Williams recalls his fondness for Peter Sellers’ performances. Then tune in and enjoy the film here!
I hope the AFI Movie Club brings some inspiration and entertainment during this uncertain time when we are reminded “There’s no place like home.” AFI has created a global, virtual gathering of those who love the movies where each day’s film – announced by a special guest – is accompanied by fun facts, family-friendly discussion points and material from the AFI Archive to bring the viewing experience to life. As a non-profit, AFI Movie Club is a member-powered organization, dependent upon the support of its movie fans. To support AFI Movie Club please consider becoming a member or donating.
About AFI Movie Club
AFI Movie Club is a newly launched free program to raise the nation’s spirits by bringing artists and audiences together – even while we are apart. AFI will shine a spotlight on an iconic movie each day, with special guests announcing select AFI Movies of the Day in short videos posted on AFI.com and social media platforms. Audiences can “gather” at AFI.com/MovieClub to find out how to watch the featured movie of the day with the use of their preexisting streaming service credentials. The daily film selections will be supported by fun facts, family discussion points and exclusive material from the AFI Archive to enrich the viewing experience. Audiences can continue the conversation online using the hashtag #AFIMovieClub. Learn more at AFI.com and follow us on social media at Facebook.com/