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"The American Experience" Radio Bikini (1988)

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Original Air Date:
10 June 1988 (Season 1, Episode 2)
Plot:
It starts with a live radio broadcast from the Bikini Atoll a few days before it is annihilated by a nuclear test... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Powerhouse documentary concerning overwhelming military stupidity. See more (12 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
Kilon Bauno ... Himself - Chief of the Bikinians
John Smitherman ... Himself - Veteran of nuclear weapons tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Austin ... Himself - US Delegate to UN (archive footage)
Bernard Baruch ... Himself (archive footage)
W.H.P. Blandy ... Himself (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral William H.P. Blandy)

Albert Einstein ... Himself - Concerned About Bikini Test (archive footage)
James Forrestal ... Himself (archive footage)
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow P. Swancutt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Woodrow Swancutt)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Harold Urey ... Himself - Concerned About Bikini Test (archive footage)
Lee Van Atta ... Himself - Radio Reporter (archive sound) (voice)
William E. Kepner ... Himself - Delivering Motivation Address (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Robert Stone 
 
Produced by
Kevin Rafferty .... associate producer
Robert Stone .... producer
Shelby Stone .... associate producer (as Shelby Phillips Stone)
Jonathan Weisgall .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Fitzsimons 
 
Cinematography by
John Rayter 
Robert Stone 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Stone 
 
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... sound editor
Margaret Crimmins .... supervising sound editor
Robert Stone .... sound recordist
Jim Waters .... sound
 
Other crew
Robert Stone .... film researcher
 
Thanks
Kilon Bauno .... very special thanks
John Smitherman .... very special thanks
 

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56 min
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References Gilda (1946)See more »
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Moon over ManakuraSee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Powerhouse documentary concerning overwhelming military stupidity., 29 September 2000
Author: Irving Warner from Washington State

This documentary is the best of its kind. Stone uses tons (literally) of military and other film footage from the year 1946. He then carefully puts it all together with contemporary (1987) footage of Marshall Islanders, i.e. former residents of Bikina Atoll and a navy veteran/observer of both 1946 atomic bomb tests on Bikini. It all comes together in one of the strangest and most powerful testimonies to military stupidity, especially during those early years of atomic tests. Throughout, we see with profound irony--using the military's own footage of the tests (June/July of that year)--how catastrophically stupid responsible parties (Navy Dept.) were. But, in the end, it was the Marshall Islanders--moved en masse from their native Bikini Atoll--who are the central victims, along with many of the Navy veterans. This latter point is communicated to us, the viewer, in one of the most forceful "pullback" shots in the history of cinema. "Radio Bikini" documents a historic event that should never, never be forgotten. But sadly, it on the main, is.

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