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"American Experience" Radio Bikini (1988)

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American Experience: Season 1: Episode 2 -- Robert Stone's acclaimed documentary uses declassified footage to show how Bikini islanders were removed from their homes by the U.S. so their atoll could be used for Cold War atomic bomb testing.

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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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One of the best documentaries on any topic 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)
Paul DeAngelo ... Himself

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
Laurie Kahn .... senior associate producer
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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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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Runtime:
56 min
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References Gilda (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Marshallese SongSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
One of the best documentaries on any topic, 6 April 2004
Author: tombeaman (tom_beaman@reynolds.k12.or.us) from Gresham, Oregon, USA

This is a powerful and disturbing film using archival footage from the Bikini Bomb Tests in 1946. This is not about the use of the Bomb on Japan; instead, it is a study of the immediate post-war test, designed not only for scientific study but also domestic and international relations and to prepare our military for the eventual use of these weapons. Operation Crossroads changed the lives of those people who used to live on Bikini, as well as tens of thousands of our own sailors. There is no narration, only some interviews and the film footage strung together with audio and voiceovers. The film definitely takes the point of view that these tests had unintended consequences; we were playing with new toys that we did not understand...and most of us still do not understand. I cannot give this film a higher rating.

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