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29 October 1982 (Finland) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Documentary, w/o latter day interpretation See more (45 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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)

Lyndon Johnson ... 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)
Seymour Melman ... Himself - Columbia University (archive footage) (as Prof. Seymour Melman)
Mario Salvadori ... Himself - Columbia University (archive footage) (as Prof. Mario Salvadori)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hugh Beaumont ... Military Officer (archive footage) (uncredited)

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
William H. Peterson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
George A. Smathers ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Joseph Stalin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
James E. Van Zandt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Jayne Loader 
Kevin Rafferty 
Pierce Rafferty 
 
Produced by
Jayne Loader .... producer
Kevin Rafferty .... producer
Pierce Rafferty .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Jayne Loader 
Kevin Rafferty 
 
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor (as Margie Crimmins)
Lee Dichter .... sound mix: Photo Magnetic Studios
Andrea Hull .... sound assistant
 
Editorial Department
Cyndi Bono .... negative cutter
Dominick Bono .... negative cutter
MaryAnn DiLillo .... negative cutter (as Mary-Ann Dillillo)
 
Music Department
John Allinson .... music source
Ray Avery .... music source
Richard Bass .... music consultant
David Dunaway .... music consultant
Rick Eaker .... music coordinator
Helen Hunter .... music source
Robert Javors .... music source
William L. Schurk .... music source
Raymond Wile .... music source
Charles Wolfe .... music consultant (as Dr. Charles Wolfe)
 
Other crew
Nan Allendorfer .... additional archival researcher: Washington
Obie Benz .... production consultant
Carol Clement .... titles
Stewart M. Crone .... memorial activities
Jon Else .... additional archival researcher: Los Alamos
Margaret Henry .... additional archival researcher: London
Susan Kellam .... production consultant
Victoria Peterson .... additional archival researcher: Los Angeles
George Pillsbury .... production consultant
Pierce Rafferty .... archival researcher
David Thaxton .... additional archival researcher: Washington
 
Thanks
Chris Beaver .... special thanks
Lance Bird .... special thanks
Joseph P. Bono .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Lillian Brandon .... special thanks
Tom Brandon .... special thanks
Alida R. Dayton .... special thanks
Richard D. Ero .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Charles Grigg .... special thanks
Joseph K. Hooper .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Richard N. Houk .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Judy Irving .... special thanks
Tom Johnson .... special thanks
Arthur Kanegis .... special thanks
Richard Klein .... special thanks
Mireille C. Kreeger .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Mary Lampson .... special thanks
Terry Lawler .... special thanks
J. Fred MacDonald .... special thanks
Dorothy J. MacDorman .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Miguel A. Muñoz .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Ginny Newsom .... special thanks
Carl P. Palumbo .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Rick Prelinger .... special thanks (as Richard Prelinger)
Mrs. W.G. Rafferty .... special thanks
Allen L. Russell .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
Deborah Shaffer .... special thanks
Zenon J. Slawinski .... special thanks: Bono Film Services
 

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86 min
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In one segment, an American army chaplain describes the detonation of the A-bomb as "a wonderful sight to behold" and "one of the most beautiful sights ever seen by man".See more »
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Civil defense film:Be sure to include tranquilizers to ease the strain and monotony of life in a fallout shelter. A bottle of 100 should be sufficient for a family of four. Tranquilizers are not a narcotic, and are not habit-forming.See more »
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29 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Documentary, w/o latter day interpretation, 28 April 2003
Author: elwinter from New Mexico, USA

I saw The Atomic Cafe in a theater when it was first released. Someone exclaimed derogatorily as they walked out on it. But I thought it was brilliant. Sort of a sub-genre of documentary, this one had no commentary, narrative or explanations for the material presented. No retroactive interviews with those who were there. It relied 100% on archival materials.

A few years back, I visited the Trinity Site (here in New Mexico) on the 50th anniversary of the first test of the bomb. Quite a few of those who were somehow involved back then and still living turned up for the event. So I did get to hear some hindsight comments. Definitely different than what was being said back then, and such commentary could have really changed the picture.

This is a rare approach, and therefore thought provoking. One can argue that the choice of material, editing and music track impose some interpretation, and there may be something to that. Although it's unlikely that one could turn the story into something really different unless latter-day, hindsight interviews were added to provide a different spin.

Being a "Baby Boomer", I was born during the times depicted in the movie, and have some early memories of them. For those who were alive in that time, it's fascinating to see how it tweaks your memory. I, for one, didn't think deep thoughts about the "duck and cover" drills at school - it was just another thing that got us out of our seats, like fire drills and recess. But it does tweak memory, to bring back things not thought of for many years. Interesting to consider how one's own memory is incomplete, wanders, can be influenced, etc. (Now, re-read Orwell's 1984.)

Brilliant, and disturbing. Interesting to consider in light of current events (spring 2003).

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