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The Forgotten Bomb -- When the Cold War ended, the generations that lived through it were relieved to finally vanquish the specter of a mushroom cloud from their minds. But today, thousands of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia remain on high-alert, still poised to destroy the planet.  THE FORGOTTEN BOMB explores our pre-conceptions about nuclear weapons and their history, investigates how they inform our sense of identity and discovers what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed.
The Forgotten Bomb -- When the Cold War ended, worry about nuclear weapons receded. But has the nuclear threat really diminished? Join Bud Ryan on a personal and global journey to discover what the bomber can learn from the bombed, and what our prospects look like for finally living in a nuclear-free world.


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  (in credits order)
Bud Ryan ... Himself - Host
Michael Hall ... Himself - U.S. Air Force
Dave Ward ... Himself - Nuclear Weapons Scientist & Professor
Gar Alperovitz ... Himself - Author, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
Harry S. Truman ... Himself - President (archive footage)
George Cowan ... Himself - Manhattan Project Scientist
J. Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself - Physicist (archive footage)
Paul Tibbets ... Himself - Commander, Atomic Bomb Group (archive footage) (as Colonel Paul Tibbets)
Harold Agnew ... Himself - Manhattan Project Scientist (as Dr. Harold Agnew)
Ivan Oelrich ... Himself - Federation of American Scientists
Steven Leeper ... Himself - Chairperson, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation
Jim Walther ... Himself - Museum Director, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Bob Anderson ... Himself - Director, Stop the War Machine
Jeanne Pahls ... Herself - Director, Stop the War Machine
Joni Arends ... Herself - Executive Director, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
Dave Stephenson ... Himself - Son of Atomic Worker
Michael McCally ... Himself - Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility (as Dr. Michael McCally)
Carletta Garcia ... Herself - Former Uranium Mine Worker
Barbara Johnston ... Herself - Author, The Consequential Damages of Nuclear War (as Barbara Rose Johnston)
Lincoln Grahlfs ... Himself - Atomic Veteran, Operation Crossroads
Troy E. Wade ... Himself - Former Director, Nevada Test Site
Michael Lerner ... Himself - Editor & Founder, Tikkun Magazine (as Rabbi Michael Lerner)
Steve Isthmuk ... Himself - Boy Scout Leader
Jerry Grimes ... Himself - Boy Scout Leader
Jim Douglass ... Himself - Author, JFK and the Unspeakable
Jonathan Schell ... Himself - Author, The Nuclear Dilemma

George Shultz ... Himself - Former U.S. Secretary of State
Yvonne Morris ... Herself - Executive Director, Titan Missile Museum
John Burroughs ... Himself - Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy
Bernard Baruch ... Himself - Wall Street Financier (archive footage)
Gary Chapman ... Himself - National Director, C.P.S.R. (archive footage)
Kathleen Sullivan ... Herself - Disarmament Educator
Joan Halifax ... Herself - Upaya Zen Center (as Roshi Joan Halifax)
Emiko Okada ... Herself - Hiroshima Bomb Survivor
Sakue Hinohira ... Herself - Nagasaki Bomb Survivor
Dave Robinson ... Himself - Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
Jim Winkler ... Himself - General Secretary, United Methodist Board of Church & Society
John Dear ... Himself - Jesuit Priest & Author

Directed by
Stuart Overbey 
Produced by
David Garcia .... associate producer
Stuart Overbey .... producer
Christopher Padilla .... associate producer
Bud Ryan .... executive producer
Original Music by
Timothy Andrew Eyster 
Joel Sanchez 
Cinematography by
David Garcia 
Film Editing by
Stuart Overbey 
Sound Department
Kathleen Edwards .... sound designer
Kathleen Edwards .... sound editor
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... re-recording mixer
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Coby Dax .... camera operator
Noel Evans .... camera operator
Bret Latter .... camera operator
Alisher Mizoev .... camera operator
Don Starnes .... camera operator
Don Starnes .... grip
Animation Department
Luis Arvizu .... animator
Coby Dax .... animator
Jeff Drew .... animator
Other crew
Chad Mathis .... production legal counsel

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A Must See~, 21 July 2011
Author: tishwilson1 from United States

The Forgotten Bomb has reminded me how important it is that we never forget how WWII ended and what happened to our fellow human beings in Japan. My father, a WW II veteran always told my sisters and me that it was necessary to use the bombs to end the war and he dehumanized the Japanese; that never really "fit" with my way of thinking/feeling.

The film focuses on several distinct themes: human cost, financial cost, moral cost and the current use of the technology developed and its potential continued misuse as a weapon of mass destruction OR for nuclear power and how unsafe it really can be (think tsunami in Japan after the devastating earthquake).

Ryan and Overbey have created a film that is rich on facts, at times tense with challenging information, a call to "do something" and, thankfully, some lighthearted bits of humor (in cartoon form).

I highly recommend this film be viewed by all.

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