Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) is a comedy co-written and directed by Stanley Kubrick about the events in the “war room” where military and government officials have gathered to try to stop an air strike launched by a rogue U.S. general, Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden), against a country with nuclear weapons.
“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”
General “Buck” Turgidson (George C. Scott): “Mr. President, about, ah, 35 minutes ago, General Jack Ripper, the Commanding General of, uh, Burpelson Air Force Base, issued an order to the 34 B-52s of his wing, which were airborne at the time as part of a special exercise we were holding called, “Operation Dropkick.” Now, it appears that the order called for the planes to attack their targets inside Russia. The planes are fully armed with nuclear weapons […]”.
U.S. President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers): “Gereral Turgidson, I find this very difficult to understand. I was under the impression that I was the only one in authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.”
General Turgidson: “Uh, that’s right, Sir. You are the only person authorized to do so. And although I hate to judge before all the facts are in, it’s beginning to look like General Ripper exceeded his authority.”
- Dr. Strangelove Movie Review & Film Summary (1964) (rogerebert.com)