9. Giant Food Fight In Dr Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
The ending to this classic 1964 satire is unabashed – male global leaders embrace the inevitability of a nuclear war while preparing to retreat into polygamous sex dungeons inside the Earth’s crust. The use of Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again, as juxtaposed with the bursting mushroom clouds, was suggested by the star’s old friend and Goon Show collaborator Spike Milligan.
However the original ending was equally audacious: a pie fight in the War Room. In a 1969 interview, Kubrick said, "I decided it was farce and not consistent with the satiric tone of the rest of the film." Critic Alexander Walker observed that "the cream pies were flying around so thickly that people lost definition, and you couldn't really say whom you were looking at."
Nile Southern, son of screenwriter Terry Southern, suggested the fight was intended to be less jovial: "Since they were laughing, it was unusable, because instead of having that totally black, which would have been amazing, like, this blizzard, which in a sense is metaphorical for all of the missiles that are coming, as well, you just have these guys having a good old time. So, as Kubrick later said, 'it was a disaster of Homeric proportions.'"
The footage has never emerged but still photographs were released in 2014.