Where might I find detailed descriptions of the characters in the movie Dr. Strangelove, written by Stanley Kubrick?

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The late Peter Sellers plays a trio of characters in this great Stanley Kubrick Cold War satire. Sellers plays

  • Captain Lionel Mandrake, a Royal Air Force officer who issues the order by General Ripper for the nuclear attack.
  • President Merkin Muffley, the indecisive American leader.
  • Dr. Strangelove, the former Nazi scientist who is now wheelchair-bound and the possessor of an unusual arm twitch.

Other characters include:

  • General Buck Turgidson (George C. Scott), a patriotic commander and Commie hater who tries to convince the President to annihilate Russia before they do it to the U.S.
  • General Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden), who orders the nuclear assault for fear of the Russians contaminating Americans' "bodily fluids."
  • Major "King" Kong (Slim Pickens), who faithfully delivers the bomb and then dramatically (and hilariously) rides it down to earth as if it were a rodeo bull.
  • Colonel "Bat" Guano (Keenan Wynn), who is sent to stop Ripper.
  • Lieutenant Lothat Zogg (James Earl Jones), the plane's bombardier.
  • Alexei de Sadeski (Peter Bull), the Soviet ambassador.