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"The American Experience" Radio Bikini (1988)

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Original Air Date:
10 June 1988 (Season 1, Episode 2)
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Remake of a much better title. See more (12 total) »


 (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
Kilon Bauno .... very special thanks
John Smitherman .... very special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Fitzmeyer  developer
Henry Hampton  creator

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Additional Details

56 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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References Gilda (1946)See more »
Moon over ManakuraSee more »


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8 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Remake of a much better title., 18 November 2007
Author: Arch Stanton from Sacramento, CA

In 1982, the excellent "The Atomic Cafe" was released. That movie succeeded both as an informative documentary and as an offbeat comedy. The horrible destructiveness of the new atom bomb was balanced by the likable goofiness of the American public at the time, and the result was an entertaining and thoughtful treatment of the subject.

The makers of Radio Bikini evidently felt that Cafe needed to be re-released with all of its entertainment value stripped away and replaced with lots of graphic footage of ugly details and government mistakes. It starts with footage of Americans celebrating the surrender of the Japanese and the end of WWII, but for some reason this sequence is set to a funeral dirge. This dreary, overlong sequence sets the tone for the rest of the film. Pompous political speeches, graphic footage of animals being locked down for blast tests, an interview with a dying man... the only thing that keeps it from being preachy is the muddled presentation of the material.

This movie is a pointless, tedious remake of a much better film. Do yourself a favor and rent "The Atomic Cafe". Don't waste your time on this one.

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