Oppenheimer (1980)

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Series cast summary:
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 Robert Oppenheimer (7 episodes, 1980)
John Carson ...
 Narrator (7 episodes, 1980)
Christopher Muncke ...
 Colonel Kenneth Nichols / ... (6 episodes, 1980)
Jana Shelden ...
 Kitty Oppenheimer / ... (6 episodes, 1980)
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 Enrico Fermi (6 episodes, 1980)
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 Edward Teller (6 episodes, 1980)
Manning Redwood ...
 General Leslie Groves (5 episodes, 1980)
Peter Whitman ...
 Robert Serber (5 episodes, 1980)
Matthew Guinness ...
 Hans Bethe (5 episodes, 1980)
Bob Sherman ...
 Ernest Lawrence (4 episodes, 1980)
John Morton ...
 Robert Wilson (4 episodes, 1980)
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 Frank Oppenheimer (4 episodes, 1980)
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 Isidor Rabi (4 episodes, 1980)
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 John Manley (3 episodes, 1980)
Liza Ross ...
 Jacky Oppenheimer (3 episodes, 1980)
Blain Fairman ...
 Robert Bacher (3 episodes, 1980)
Kate Harper ...
 Jean Tatlock (3 episodes, 1980)
Peter Marinker ...
 Haakon Chevalier (3 episodes, 1980)
Peter Banks ...
 Joseph Volpe (2 episodes, 1980)
Phil Brown ...
 Lewis Strauss (2 episodes, 1980)
David Baxt ...
 Colonel John Lansdale (2 episodes, 1980)
Milton Johns ...
 George Kistiakowsky (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Rossi Lomanitz (2 episodes, 1980)
Colin Bennett ...
 Seth Neddermeyer (2 episodes, 1980)
Billy J. Mitchell ...
 Captain 'Deke' Parsons (2 episodes, 1980)
Stevens Erica ...
 Charlotte Serber (2 episodes, 1980)
Rosemary Faith ...
 Mitzi Teller (2 episodes, 1980)
Christopher Malcolm ...
 Steve Nelson (2 episodes, 1980)
Sarah Brackett ...
 Priscilla Duffield (2 episodes, 1980)
Douglas Lambert ...
 Kenneth Bainbridge (2 episodes, 1980)
John Cassady ...
 F.B.I. Agent (2 episodes, 1980)
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 F.B.I. Agent (2 episodes, 1980)
Nigel Anthony ...
 Scientist (2 episodes, 1980)
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Biography of the American physicist who led the U.S. effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War II, only to find himself suspected as a security risk in the 1950s because of his increasing ambivalence about the effect of his life's work. Written by scgary66

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Gen. Leslie Groves: Are you a communist?
J. Robert Oppenheimer: No.
Gen. Leslie Groves: Have you ever been a communist?
J. Robert Oppenheimer: No.
Gen. Leslie Groves: Then why are half your friends communists?
J. Robert Oppenheimer: Not quite half.
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Still unforgettable 20 years later
3 July 2000 | by (San Francisco, California, USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this series on PBS in 1980 in college and I still can't get it out of my head, although I have never seen it since. I remember every cast member (the casting WAS perfect, as mentioned in other comments), the design, the lighting and, of course, the story, which is by itself is enough to keep you glued to the set. Probably the best TV series I ever saw next to the original "Roots."


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