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13 October 1995 (USA) See more »
Funny yet incisive look at the PANTEX Nuclear Weapons Plant, in Amarillo, TX, which was used for nuclear weapons assembly during the Cold War... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Mavis Beslile ... Herself
Bruce Friedrich ... Himself
Charles Johnson III ... Himself
Stanley Marsh ... Himself
Bill O'Brien ... Himself
Buck Ramsey ... Himself

Directed by
George Ratliff 
Produced by
Jawad Metni .... co-producer
George Ratliff .... producer
Cinematography by
Jawad Metni 
Film Editing by
George Ratliff 
Production Management
Marina Burini .... production manager
Sound Department
Charles Burmeister .... sound operator
Charles Burmeister .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Marina Burini .... first assistant camera
Deborah Eve Lewis .... additional photographer (specific segments) (as Deb Lewis)
Editorial Department
Steve Mims .... supervising editor
Other crew
Charles Burmeister .... creative consultant
John Chambers .... thanks

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Terribly unfunny, 28 March 2014
Author: ShiiStyle from United States

It's not clear what the point of this video is. Although representatives of both Pantex and protesters are interviewed, the director prefers to interview local eccentrics at great length. How is an Amarillo man's trips to various countries relevant to the storage of disassembled nuclear weapons? I have met an eccentric like him in another town; does it prove something about the nature of the town? Consider that Amarillo has a population of 200,000! It seems like the creator wanted to create a cartoonish image of thousands of ignorant locals and an evil corporation that manipulates them. The documentary presents no evidence that this is the reality of the situation. I'm sure the good people of Amarillo consider the town portrayed in this video to be unrecognizable.

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