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Series cast summary:
Sam Waterston ...  Robert Oppenheimer 7 episodes, 1980
John Carson ...  Narrator 7 episodes, 1980
Christopher Muncke ...  Colonel Kenneth Nichols / ... 6 episodes, 1980
Jana Shelden Jana Shelden ...  Kitty Oppenheimer / ... 6 episodes, 1980
Edward Hardwicke ...  Enrico Fermi 6 episodes, 1980
David Suchet ...  Edward Teller 6 episodes, 1980
Manning Redwood ...  General Leslie Groves 5 episodes, 1980
Peter Whitman Peter Whitman ...  Robert Serber 5 episodes, 1980
Matthew Guinness Matthew Guinness ...  Hans Bethe 5 episodes, 1980
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ...  Ernest Lawrence 4 episodes, 1980
John Morton ...  Robert Wilson 4 episodes, 1980
Garrick Hagon ...  Frank Oppenheimer 4 episodes, 1980
Barry Dennen ...  Isidor Rabi 4 episodes, 1980
Ron Berglas ...  John Manley 3 episodes, 1980
Liza Ross Liza Ross ...  Jacky Oppenheimer 3 episodes, 1980
Blain Fairman Blain Fairman ...  Robert Bacher 3 episodes, 1980
Kate Harper ...  Jean Tatlock 3 episodes, 1980
Erica Stevens Erica Stevens ...  Charlotte Serber 3 episodes, 1980
Peter Marinker ...  Haakon Chevalier 3 episodes, 1980
Peter Banks Peter Banks ...  Joseph Volpe 2 episodes, 1980
Phil Brown ...  Lewis Strauss 2 episodes, 1980
David Baxt ...  Colonel John Lansdale 2 episodes, 1980
Milton Johns ...  George Kistiakowsky 2 episodes, 1980
Anthony Forrest ...  Rossi Lomanitz 2 episodes, 1980
Colin Bennett ...  Seth Neddermeyer 2 episodes, 1980
Billy J. Mitchell ...  Captain 'Deke' Parsons 2 episodes, 1980
Rosemary Faith Rosemary Faith ...  Mitzi Teller 2 episodes, 1980
Christopher Malcolm ...  Steve Nelson 2 episodes, 1980
Sarah Brackett ...  Priscilla Duffield 2 episodes, 1980
Douglas Lambert Douglas Lambert ...  Kenneth Bainbridge 2 episodes, 1980
John Cassady ...  F.B.I. Agent 2 episodes, 1980
William Hootkins ...  F.B.I. Agent 2 episodes, 1980
Nigel Anthony Nigel Anthony ...  Scientist 2 episodes, 1980
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Biography of the American physicist who led the U.S. effort to develop the atomic bomb during World War II, only to find himself suspected as a security risk in the 1950s because of his increasing ambivalence about the effect of his life's work. Written by scgary66

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11 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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(7 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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J. Robert Oppenheimer: I am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds
J. Robert Oppenheimer: I feel we have blood on our hands
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25 September 2004 | by rlosborneSee all my reviews

My wife and I have never forgotten this series -- I was so impressed with its quality that I tried to view a second time as many as possible of the episodes when they were originally repeated. Despite the limitations of what was obviously a low-budget production, the acting and much of the writing remain vivid after almost 25 years. (I don't think Sam Waterston ever equaled his work in "Oppenheimer.") My hope is that eventually this series may return on DVD. It would be wonderful to give younger viewers the opportunity to see how well the human side of science can be portrayed. And to learn whether my fond memories of "Oppenheimer" still seem valid.


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