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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Forgive the brevity of today’s pic, but I’m packing up from my New Orleans trip and heading back out on the road for the long drive back to Austin and wanted to get this up before leaving.

Dr. Strangelove is great, Stanley Kubrick is great, Peter Sellers is great, this picture is great. There.

Enjoy! Click to (slightly) embiggen!



Tomorrow’s pic hasn’t been chosen yet… I thought I was gonna be up in heaven, so I’m kinda flying loose right now…

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  • May 21, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    This photo taken just seconds before Peter Sellers was murdered....

    by Ronald Raygun

  • May 21, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Probably my favorite comedy film of all time!

    by Kamaji

    I'm a rather strange duck, in that a film has to earn its laughs from me. I also don't just like cheap laughs, as anyone will attest to me sitting through 'Shrek the Third' and not gaffawing out loud even once). However, there's something about Strangelove as a film that just works. And along with Kubrick's direction, I think it is also chocked up to screenwriter Terry Southern. I've read some of Southern's books like 'The Magic Christian,' 'Candy,' and 'Blue Movie,' and the man writes on multiple layers that really makes the stories entertaining. I had heard rumor that 'Blue Movie' was considered to be made once-upon-a-time, and reading his text, I could see it all laid to speak.

  • May 21, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by claxdog

  • May 21, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Who would name their son Merkin?

    by Fred

  • May 21, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    You can't fight in here

    by Nerd Rage

    this is the war room!

  • May 21, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Gentlemen! You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!

    by zacUpquark

    And pretty much EVERY movie war room since is just like it.

  • May 21, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    This movie had it all, including some amazing lines, like:

    by empty_headed_animal

    ...100 dollars in gold, 9 packs of chewin' gum, 1 issue of prophylactics, 3 lipsticks, 3 pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a feller could have a pretty good time in Vegas with all that stuff!

  • May 21, 2011, 8:20 p.m. CST

    My third favorite comedy ...

    by I Max U Mini

    ... behind Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, but my favorite dark comedy by a long shot!

  • May 21, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Second best comedy ever . . .

    by DrMorbius

    Can't hold a candle to Passion of the Christ.

  • May 21, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Could have been some BTS pic

    by PedroM

    of the alternate ending with the pie fight. While theres no footage available, some pics of it survived and are floating around.

  • May 21, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I still vote for Some Like it Hot as the best comedy

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    I can watch that movie every weekend and still laugh at the same parts. I watch that movie with a perpetual smile on my face...

  • I know some will say "Ghostbusters, really?" but I don't care that is one of the 2 greatest comedies celluloid has ever captured. Just dry, witty, totally leaving you wanting more while making you think at the same time. Just genius. I couldn't even pick between the 2. The other day when people were quoting GB on the talkbacks of this column it was some serious quoting on a unprecedented level. Every other post was a quote and probably one of the reasons Talkbacks were invented in the first place. Geeks trying to out do each post, quote the line that everyone can picture perfectly in their mind and laugh out loud. These two comedies should be more recognized. Id say Ghostbusters is a more underrated masterpiece of comedy than Strangelove. Ghostbusters has a pathetic 7.8/10 on the imdb. Go, now, fellow geeks and see if we can get it up. Ghostbusters should @ LEAST have a fucking 8.0/10. 7.8 is a shame, I don't care that it's just the "lame imdb" alot of people us it. Anyways what do you ladies and Gents think? Ghostbusters and Strangelove make a great duo to watch after the other while being the two best examples of comedy one can watch.

  • May 21, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    top 10 , an absolute masterpiece

    by mygirleatsbannanas

    thanks for the pic, i love this stuff

  • May 21, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST


    by Hamish McBride

    A perfectly cromulent article, Quint.

  • May 21, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    "Colonel Bat Guano

    by Mr Lucas

    if that really is your name."

  • But, Kennedy had just been shot, so they changed it! Next time you see it, watch Slim's lips.

  • May 21, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    and Hayden's eyes

    by RottNElsewhere

    Lifeless eyes, a doll's eyes. Very intense character and scary as fuck (and funny, thanks to Sellers). Best comedy? SOME LIKE IT HOT (and close behind, no particular order) PSYCHO SUNSET BLVD. STRANGELOVE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (apologies to J Russo)

  • May 22, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    funniest thing about Ripper

    by RottNElsewhere

    is he's basically correct. A little nuts, maybe, but its all true. You think some kid's eatin ice cream when its really a sugarcone fulla SLOW DEATH.

  • May 22, 2011, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Jeff Van Gundy gotta eat

    by Mel

  • May 22, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    There is more talent in this pic.....

    by closeencounter

    than in almost all of the movies of 2010 combined.

  • Strange thing is they make such bloody good cameras. Recently just got this on Blu ray and it looks staggering good. Tip for you here. Got a family member or friend who claims that they can't tell the difference between HD and SD material. Put on a blu ray of a old black and white classic like this and watch their preconceptions explode when you explain that ALL films ever made on celluloid are in fact HD, even black and white films.

  • May 22, 2011, 1:47 a.m. CST

    Still BEST comedy I can think of.

    by jackofhearts29

    Blazing Saddles is also great but it doesn't wear nearly as well with time... the timing is off. This, on the other hand... still timeless. Maybe after "Duck Soup", I would place this 2nd in all time... but in terms of what I can watch again and again and still laugh... this is it.

  • May 22, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Up until about a year ago

    by Denty420

    ... this movie had always eluded me. So had Blade Runner, but I watched that and wished I hadn't. Strangelove, though, is two hours of my life that I never want back. Perfect in every way.

  • I mean of all the days to homage NOTC.

  • If so you need to turn in your geek card right fucking now.

  • May 22, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Why didn't you tell the world about it, eh?

    by AndoSoundsLikeAMong

    Absolutely love his delivery of that line. Only watched it for the first time recently, can't believe I have missed out for this long!

  • May 22, 2011, 8:14 a.m. CST

    My 73rd favourite comedy...

    by tangcameo

    ...right between "Bedtime for Bonzo" and "The Exorcist"

  • May 22, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Reminds me of those ghost photos of the Victorian age

    by tangcameo

    Where someone exposes the negative twice and you end up getting a portrait of yourself with Abe Lincoln sitting beside you.

  • we make a mistake

  • May 22, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Nuclear Brinksmanship

    by Autodidact

    I love movies about the nuclear side of the cold war. While I find Strangelove hilarious, it's not the brilliant script that makes me love it so much as all the detail and realism in the bomber scenes. Even though I'm pretty sure the art department extrapolated most of the inside of the bomber from just a couple reference photos out of a LIFE magazine. The most similar movie I've found in terms of putting you "on mission" is an HBO movie from 1990 called By Dawn's Early Light, set on a more modern long range nuclear bomber. I also really like movies where the bombs are about to fall, or threatening to fall, and again there are only a couple good ones I've found. "Deterrence" which has Kevin Pollak as US president snowed into a diner during a nuclear showdown with the soviets (or Russians, as I'm pretty sure it's set in the 90s). Also "Miracle Mile" which has a young Anthony Edwards (he's not bald) being the first guy in L.A. to find out the bombs are coming down in an hour. Wargames is also pretty much in the same box in my mind...

  • May 22, 2011, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Night of the Comet

    by Autodidact

    This is the type of flick that suddenly comes to mind some lazy Sunday morning and you decide to just watch it on Youtube in parts. Maybe this is the type of thing I should get NetFlix for... thus far I've avoided any kind of streaming movie rental service because I gots to have that blu-ray quality. But if it's Night of the Comet, or Maximum Overdrive, or some shit like that I could probably accept paying for DVD quality or better.

  • May 22, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Agree About Ghostbusters and Old Movies

    by Autodidact

    I find more to enjoy in it as I rewatch it throughout life. And older movies are great... I have yet to watch a really old movie on blu-ray though... I'll probably start with Citizen Kane, then do some Hitchcock, some film noir.

  • May 22, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by Denty420

    I hated Blade Runner. I thought it was probably the worst film I'd ever seen, so I watched it again to see if I was misjudging it. I wasn't, it's shit. If it's all the same to you I'll keep hold of my geek card. After all, we all have different tastes.

  • May 22, 2011, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by BatMatt21

    Fuck old movies.

  • May 22, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Another Opinion.

    by McSatan

    Fuck you.

  • May 22, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Hating blade runner

    by macheesmo3

    is like holding a sign that says" I don't know what I'm talking about and I have the attention span of a prairie dog..." Yeah, you apparently can't distinguish good from bad so your opinion is worth less than a cows.... it's not even moo. Just watched Fail Safe again a few nights ago, and aside from being a vastly underrated Lumet work it's amazing how much Strangelove turns that movie on it's ear. Both excellent films, but Strangelove is probably one of the ten most enjoyable movies I've ever seen.

  • May 22, 2011, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by RottNElsewhere

    Ran that a coupla decades way back when via corporate 8-plex (evil) - after the first night or so the place was deserted, rightly so. But what a great nihilistic pisser (and the end's funny somehow, following the dino's down into the muck of ages simmering next to LACMA). And the 80s - them clothes, the hairstyles, those wacky leg-thingys. I'd have pushed the button on that shit myself had I the chance. If I got that phonecall the cops woulda found me at El Coyote face-down in the house marg vat gurgling in the cellar.

  • May 23, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST

    defending blade runner

    by spidercoz

    is like holding a sign that says "I'm an easily duped, minimally discerning fanboy who mistakes pretentious nonsense for good film, and I've never read a book." moo.

  • May 23, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    Blade Runner

    by Denty420

    It just didn't gel with me. I didn't engage with the characters, thought the music was more slumber-inducing than innovative and felt the film as a whole was overlong, over-convoluted and boring. I know Blade Runner has its fans and if you love it, great. But I didn't. I think the multiple different cuts/special editions prove that you can't polish this particular turd.

  • May 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    oh what a splendid face to see

    by mattforce7

  • May 24, 2011, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Give me the fucking take I want

    by proevad

    or I'll have your daughters raped and killed.