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 ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 Robert Oppenheimer (7 episodes, 1980)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Jean Tatlock (3 episodes, 1980)
Erica Stevens ...
 Charlotte Serber (3 episodes, 1980)
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 Haakon Chevalier (3 episodes, 1980)
Peter Banks ...
 Joseph Volpe (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Lewis Strauss (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Colonel John Lansdale (2 episodes, 1980)
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 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)
Rosemary Faith ...
 Mitzi Teller (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Steve Nelson (2 episodes, 1980)
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 Priscilla Duffield (2 episodes, 1980)
Douglas Lambert ...
 Kenneth Bainbridge (2 episodes, 1980)
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 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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J. Robert Oppenheimer: I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds
J. Robert Oppenheimer: I feel we have blood on our hands
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Referenced in Did You See..?: Episode #1.5 (1980) See more »

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It made me swoon with passion!
7 July 1999 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

...a true geek-girl's dream: high tech, high drama, smart guys, steamy sex, and large explosions. (VERY large explosions.) Sam Waterston is so natural in the role of Oppenheimer that tapes of the REAL Oppenheimer sound odd: apparently, he had a voice similar to Ronald Reagan! The triumph and tragedy of Oppenheimer is one of the 20th century's most stirring dramas, and this movie stands as a model of what docu-drama ought to be: the facts are allowed to speak for themselves, while the fictional parts are used to amplify and fill in the record, not to call attention to themselves. An interesting fact: some of the technical details used had only recently been declassified, and so are of special interest. A must-see!


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