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The Day After Trinity (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 20 January 1981 (USA)
Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon ... See full summary »

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Jon Else
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Hans Bethe ... Himself
Holm Bursom Holm Bursom ... Himself
Haakon Chevalier Haakon Chevalier ... Himself
Stirling Colgate Stirling Colgate ... Himself
Freeman Dyson ... Himself
Jon Else Jon Else ... Interviewer
Susan Evans Susan Evans ... Herself
Francis Fergusson Francis Fergusson ... Himself
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice)
Leslie Groves ... Himself (archive footage)
Elizabeth Ingram Elizabeth Ingram ... Herself
Robert Krohn Robert Krohn ... Himself
Dave MacDonald Dave MacDonald ... Himself
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage)
Dorothy McKibben Dorothy McKibben ... Herself
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Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon completion of his wonderful and horrible invention became a powerful spokesperson against the nuclear arms race. Written by Neal Grigsby <ngrigsby@uclink2.berkeley.edu>

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English

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20 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az atombomba születése See more »

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Mono

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Color
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The same photo of Oppenheimer can also be seen stuck to a computer monitor in Jurrasic Park (1993) along with a Post-it reading "beginning of baby boom" and a sketch of an atomic explosion. See more »

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Powerful stuff
5 June 2000 | by lemmy cautionSee all my reviews

Often gripping documentary detailing the father of the American atomic bomb. Two interesting themes emerged throughout the film. The first is the tension between the delight of scientific discovery and the social responsibility for its results. The second was the story of how the American government co-opted the scientific brilliance of a generation of progressive/left-wing scientists (who were rallied by anti-fascist fervour) to ignite a so-called Cold War with Communist Russia.

In both cases the hubris of the scientists (that nuclear weapons can be controlled, that politicians will act selflessly and share the knowledge, and enter into an international stewardship of the Bomb) reminds us of the gulf between technical skill and political savvy.

All of this is well presented well in the film, focused through the lens of the story of Robert Oppenheimer, and his triumphs and failings - his genius and short-sightedness - are laid bare. It does falter a bit after detailing the use of atomic weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki - seeing anything after the presentation of this destruction leaves us emotionally exhausted - but Oppenheimer's fall from grace does feel like an anti-climax, and seems a little rushed.

Rating 7 out of 10 (quite good).


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