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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day can’t fight in here. This is the War Room!

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

Did you know that Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove originally ended with a pie fight? Sure you did! You’re all good geeks. The original ending has long been discussed by Kubrick geeks, but not much has come out from the filming of this silly ending in which the war room literally erupts into a food fight.

Kubrick called the original ending “a disaster of Homeric proportions,” but damned if I don’t want to see it… just like I want to see that original tag on the end of The Shining that some New Yorkers almost got to see.

While I don’t have the full scene to share, I do have a couple nice images from the filming of this scene, featuring Stan the Man preparing to launch a creamy missile (that sounded dirty, forget I said that) and George C. Scott laughing at the absurdity of it all! Enjoy!




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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • April 12, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    George C. Scott was great in this movie

    by Scorchy

    What a terrific actor. I'm stunned to see him smiling, it didn't seem to happen very often in movies. I think of this, Patton, his turn as Scrooge....when did he smile?

  • April 12, 2012, 1:13 p.m. CST

    i... just... love... him... so...much...

    by AdzonVonMelk

    yes i do.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:19 p.m. CST


    by gboybama

  • April 12, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    The greatest comedy of all time?

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    I'm going to get some serious flack for this one, but this might just be Kubrick's best masterpiece. Shows how comedy should be constructed. With alot of subtle humor and even more teeth.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    The first photo

    by Kevin

    is one of the best examples of Yin-Yang I've ever seen...

  • April 12, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Portrait Of A Young Artist

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    ..with pie.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I'm with danielnocharismacraig

    by chad kuhns

    This is probably the best comedy of all time, and probably Kubrick's best, because it was a film that showed regardless of what came before or after, he wasn't someone that could be pigeonholed in to any one genre, and he had a better understand of human nature and dark comedy. It's proof positive that Kubrick was sheer genius.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Can a good soul tell me what happens in the original ending of The Shinning?

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    May the Lord thank you for it.

  • I got to see the legendary pie fight scene a few years ago at a special anniversary wasn't in pristene condition but it was funny. I can see why Kubrick didn't include it in the movie because even though it's cool it doesn't fit the overall setting of the movie. But the look on George's face says it was a lotta fun!

  • April 12, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Was that the "Ullman visting Wendy in the hospital" scene?

    by Dr Lizardo

    If so, nobody is missing much. I saw the film on opening night, with the scene intact. It was between the reveal of frozen Jack and the slow push into the old photo. There was no new information in the scene that I recall, just Ullman visiting Wendy in the hospital. The scene did break up the flow at the end and make the old photo seem less important somehow.

  • April 12, 2012, 1:53 p.m. CST

    I love the contrasts in that first photo as well

    by blackmantis

    You have a comedy pie in the hands of a man with such a serious, focused gaze of intellectual intensity that lasers look like they're about to shoot from his eyes. It's a classic photo on the level of Einstein sticking out his tongue at the camera.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    I know "best" lists should be taken with a grain of salt...

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    but AFI placing this at #39 still rubs my rhubarb. Oh well, keep the Kubrick pics comin'!

  • I did read descriptions from some people who saw it. It could have worked, but it would be a bit farsical, like the ending on its a mad mad mad mad world. But could have worked.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    Best one so far, Quint!

    by gotilk

    These are amazing! They may not have shown the original ending, but they did play the extended cut at 142 min. Is that different than the DVD/blu releases out there?

  • April 12, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    And I'm sure a print of this exists.

    by gotilk

    Who could film that and destroy it? No way.

  • April 12, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Dr Lizardo and Red Leader

    by benlinus

    The final scene explains some things that are obscure for the public, like the importance of the yellow ball and the role of the hotel manager in the plot. Wendy is in the hospital with her son. The manager visits her, apologizes for what happened, and invites her to live with him. She doesn't say yes or no. Then he goes into the hallway of the hospital, passes in front of Danny, who is playing on the ground with some toys. When he gets near the exit, he stops and says, 'I almost forgot, I have something for you.' And he pulls from his pocket the yellow ball that the twins had thrown at Danny. It bounces twice, Danny catches it, looks at it, then lifts his eyes towards the hotel manager, stupefied, realizing that throughout the story he was aware of the mystery of the hotel. There was a Hitchcockian side to this resolution, and you know that Kubrick was crazy about Hitchcock.

  • April 12, 2012, 3:11 p.m. CST

    What a load of commie bull

    by grendel69

  • April 12, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST

    One of the few Kubrick films I actually like!

    by Arcangel2020

    Stanley Kubricks "Dr. Strangelove" is one of a few of his films I have actually liked over the years (the other being "Full Metal Jacket")...I think that a lot of times Kubrick and his work are just totally overrated.

  • April 12, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by benlinus

    Can you post a link to your source on that cuz my understanding is that the first shot of the ending scene is of frozen Jack in daylight.. it goes to a pullback shot with part of a state troopers car and the legs of troopers walking around in the foreground with Jack in the background, then cuts to the hotel manager Stuart Ullman walking down a hospital hallway to the nurse's station to inquire about Danny and Wendy, he's told they're both doing well and proceeds to Wendy's (Shelley Duvall) room, where after some gentle conversation he tells Wendy that searchers have been unable to locate any evidence of the apparitions she saw. Then it cuts to the camera silently roaming the halls of the Overlook hotel for about a minute until it comes up to the wall with the photographs, where it [back to the ending as it is now known] finally closes in on the photo of Jack in the 1921 picture....this and of course the ball scene between Ullman and Danny outside the hospital room

  • April 12, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Did Kubrick invent "shaky-cam" with this movie?

    by MooseMalloy

    With the fire-fight shots outside the military base?

  • April 12, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    greatest yet in this series

    by Detached

    hard to top that. great stuff, quint!

  • April 12, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST


    by ChickenStu

    Me like.

  • My wife had the nerve to call "Dr Strangelove" shit. Grrr.

  • April 12, 2012, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Yeah,i have seen those pics a few years ago in a magazine.

    by KilliK

    cool stuff.

  • April 12, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Kubrick was God...........end of

    by emeraldman

  • April 12, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST


    by coz

    dude that's grounds for divorce

  • April 12, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Never saw Kubrick as much of a pie man.

    by Christian Sylvain

    Seems more like a belgian chocolate kind of guy.

  • April 12, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST

    great Kubrick pic!

    by Anthony Torchia

    Wow, he has that little kid saving up more spit expression, never thought I'd see that

  • and nothing tops the bomb ride. that is pure gold.

  • April 13, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Wow, and I thought Quint was past his insecure phase finally

    by MooseMalloy

    Deleting "lil sally's" comments? Just weird and pathetic.