Dr. Strangelove or: How well will you do on a quiz about the movie?


By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Stanley Kubrick was originally going to make "Dr. Strangelove" as a serious film but changed his mind after writing it. Ultimately, he created the black comedy as we know it today. How well do you remember "Dr. Strangelove"? Find out by taking the quiz below.

What did General Ripper command Group Captain Mandrake to impound when the base first went on red alert?

"Now last and possibly most important, I want all privately owned radios to be immediately impounded… They might be used to issue instructions to saboteurs."


What kind of planes did Air Command have in the air twenty-four hours a day?

The B-52 was built by Boeing and had its first flight April 15, 1952. It continues to be a military staple and is expected to serve the Air Force until at least 2040.


What was the letter of the plan the air crew were commanded to activate?

"Major Kong, I know you'll think this is crazy, but I just got a message from base over the CRM 114. It decodes as wing attack Plan R. R for Romeo."


Slim Pickens portrayed which character?

Louis Burton Lindley, Jr., better known as Slim Pickens (June 29, 1919-December 8, 1983), spent almost twenty years in the rodeo before turning to acting. He acted mostly in Westerns and would frequently ride his own horses and mules in them.


How many rules did General Ripper give the base?

"Now, I am going to give you three simple rules: First, trust no one, whatever his uniform or rank, unless he is known to you personally. Second, anyone or anything that approaches within 200 yards of the perimeter is to be fired upon. Third, if in doubt, shoot first and ask questions afterward."


What was the motto seen on posters around General Ripper's base?

"Peace is our profession" was the motto of the Strategic Air Command. Although created before the U. S. Air Force, it was the nuclear capable section of the Air Force and existed throughout the Cold War.


Why did Group Captain Mandrake doubt the Russians were attacking?

"If you'll excuse me for saying so, that would be from my way of thinking rather, a rather odd way of looking at it. You see if a Russian attack was in progress, we would certainly not be hearing civilian broadcasting."


What did Major Kong remove from the airplane safe after getting the command to start nuclear warfare?

Major Kong retrieved his cowboy hat from the safe. The inside of the B-52 was recreated from a single photo in a British magazine. It was done so nicely, some people worried they would get in trouble for making an accurate representation.


What kind of mixed drink did General Ripper want?

"Now, why don't you just take it easy Group Captain, and please make me a drink of grain alcohol and rainwater. And help yourself to whatever you'd like."


What was the recall code?

OPE was a variation of the acronym for Peace on Earth or Purity of Essence.


What option did General Turgidson want the President to pursue?

"… If on the other hand, we immediately launch an all-out and coordinated attack on all their airfields and missile bases we'd stand a… good chance of catching them with their pants down… We've got five-to-one missile superiority as it is."


Who was the only person with the authority to declare nuclear war?

At the time of the movie, the United States did have several policies in place that would have allowed a general or military personnel to detonate a nuclear bomb if the president could not be reached for approval. In fact, some nuclear weapons were guarded by foreign military and could have just as easily been activated by them, with or without consent.


Finish the quote: "Gentlemen, you can't fight here! _________________.

"Gentlemen, you can't fight here! This is the War Room."


What was the name of the Russian Premier?

Premier Dimitri Kissoff was the head of the Soviet Union in the movie. Nikita Khrushchev was the Russian Premier up until 1964 when the movie was released. Khrushchev was responsible for removing missiles from Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis, in exchange for the Americans removing theirs from Turkey.


What unusual items were in the survival kits?

"Survival kit contents check: In them, you will find… three lipsticks and three pair of nylon stockings. Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."


The cigars that were offered to the Russian ambassador were from what country?

When Cuban cigars were embargoed, some of the Cuban farmers moved to Jamaica with their seeds. As a British colony, Jamaica could easily export cigars to the United States.


At what distance were the troops inside the base supposed to open fire?

"You sure got to hand it to Commies… Okay, open up at 200 yards."


Why did General Ripper only drink rainwater, distilled water and pure grain alcohol?

Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the first city to adjust its fluoride content to 1.0 ppm, in 1945. Although some at the time were against this, today there are concerns about it causing cancer as opposed to being a Communist plot. Since no evidence has been found of an association between fluoridation and cancer, adding fluoride to water is considered one of the most important 20th-century health advancements.


Why did the Russians develop a doomsday device?

"There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end, we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race and the peace race. At the same time, our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines."


What did General Ripper keep in his golf bag?

General Ripper kept a machine gun in his golf bag. Ironically, Sterling Hayden, the actor who played Ripper, was a member of the Communist Party for a brief period prior to the filming of this movie.


What was Dr. Stranglove's job title?

"Under the authority granted me as Director of Weapons Research and Development, I commissioned last year a study of this project by the Bland Corporation. Base on the findings of the report, my conclusion was that this idea was not a practical deterrent for reasons which at this moment must be obvious."


What was the half-life of Cobalt thorium G?

Cobalt-60 can be added to fission bombs to increase the length of time that humans would need to stay in shelters. Thorium is another radioactive material, similar to uranium. Colbolt-60 has a half-life of almost six years, and thorium's half-life is in the billions of years, so it is likely the 93-year half-life cited in the movie was a fictional number.


Who held Mandrake as a prisoner of war?

"Yes, they did. I was tortured by the Japanese."


Why couldn't Major Kong get a radio message?

A missile hit damaged the radio. Major Kong was said to be based on real-life test pilot Alvin "Tex" Johnston, who wore cowboy boots and hats and was known for doing a barrel roll in a Boeing Dash-80 (367-80) during a demonstration flight.


What was the benefit of the plane flying low?

"… But we got one little budge on them Ruskies. At this height, why they might harpoon us, but they dang sure ain't gonna spot us on no radar screen."


What did General Ripper do so that they wouldn't torture him for the code?

He shot himself. The bomb that hit Hiroshima was 21 kilotons. The RDS-220 was the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated (50 megatons) and caused damage more than 500 miles away from ground zero.


What phone did Mandrake use to call the President?

"Now just one second, you just said the president… wants to speak to General Ripper, doesn't he? I am General Ripper's executive officer, so the president will… want to speak to me, won't he? There's a telephone box over there, and the line may be open.


Which character was not played by Peter Sellers?

Peter Sellers was required to play multiple characters because of his success doing it in Lolita. Initially offered four parts, he ended up playing three: Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley and Dr. Strangelove.


What was the name of the air force base where General Ripper was in charge?

"Operator? This is Group Captain Lionel Mandrake. I'm speaking from Burpelson Air Force Base."


What was the primary target of Major Kong's plane?

Laputa was a floating island in "Gulliver's Travels," by Jonathan Swift, which contained citizens who had a great deal of scientific knowledge but no practical knowledge. Laputa is also the Spanish word for prostitute. The women of the floating city were very promiscuous.


How did Mandrake get the extra money he needed for the phone call?

"Colonel… Can you imagine? Shoot it off! Shoot with a gun! That's what the bullets are for…"


Why did Major Kong change his target?

They did not have enough fuel because they were leaking fuel after the missile attack. While filming some of the flying scenes over Greenland, the crew accidentally took photos of a secret U. S. Army base. They were forced to land and explain what they were doing there.


What malfunctioned during the final bomb run checklist?

"Uh, bomb door circuits negative function, lights red… Backup circuits switched in. Still negative function."


What happened to Major Kong?

Sellers was originally going to play Kong, but he first had trouble with the Texan accent. When he broke his ankle and could no longer navigate the tight cockpit set, a different actor was cast for the role.


Where did Dr. Strangelove say they should hide?

"Mr. President, I would not rule out the chance to preserve a nucleus of some human specimens. It would be quite easy at the bottom of some of our deeper mineshafts."


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