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The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Tibbets ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman ...
Himself (archive footage) (as President Harry S Truman)
W.H.P. Blandy ...
Himself - Commander of the Bikini Test (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Brien McMahon ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Brian McMahon)
Lloyd Bentsen ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Rep. Lloyd Bentsen)
Owen Brewster ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Owen Brewster)
Julius Rosenberg ...
Himself (archive footage)
Ethel Rosenberg ...
Herself (archive footage)
Val Peterson ...
Himself - Director of Civil Defense (archive footage) (as Gov. Val Peterson)
...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lewis Strauss ...
Himself - Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (archive footage) (as Lewis L. Strauss)
George Molan ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Cpl. George Molan)
George Portell ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Tech Sgt. George Portell)
Jerry Schneider ...
Himself (archive footage)
Sergeant Weaver ...
Himself (archive footage)
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A compilation of 1960's films about what to do in case of a Nuclear attack and the effects of radiation, also footage of troop tests of the exposure to an atomic bomb. Written by Michael Edwards <medwards@gate.net>

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29 October 1982 (Finland)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The documentary was originally conceived to be a film about propaganda but the filmmakers then narrowed their scope to make a movie about the birth of the atomic age. See more »

Quotes

Army information film: When not close enough to be killed, the atomic bomb is one of the most beautiful sights in the world.
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Connections

Featured in The Butcher Boy (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Atom Bomb Baby
Performed by The Five Stars
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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This documentary is da bomb (pun intended).
17 October 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

We've all seen the footage of Hiroshima getting nuked. We've all seen footage of other nuclear blasts. We've probably even seen some of the propaganda films from the '50s about what to do in the event of a nuclear blast. "The Atomic Cafe" ties them all together masterfully. It starts with Hiroshima, and goes on to show Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the Bikini Atoll, a meeting between Nixon and a Soviet leader, and other such stuff.

I guess that I might as well put in my two cents. Around the 40th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, I asked my Russian teacher if she remembered it. She remembered being shown a movie in school about how to help a person affected by nuclear fallout; in short, the USSR was as guilty as the USA (although we certainly put them in a hyper-defensive position). As for the Rosenbergs, I know their son Robert, and he always explains what the government did to his parents. On the 50th anniversary of his parents' execution, he noted that the "War on Terrorism" has replaced the Cold War.

The overall point is that watching this documentary, it's almost impossible to believe that people took this stuff seriously, but they did. And we still live with the Cold War's effects today.


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