20 user 2 critic
0:45 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 ... See full summary »




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

11 May 1982 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(7 episodes)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


J. Robert Oppenheimer: We had a very interesting study group this summer. Perhaps, too interesting. Much of it was Edward Teller taking us down some pretty strange paths. Have you met Edward, yet? Amazing man. At one point he stopped us cold with calculations that seemed to indicate the heat build-up in a fission explosion could cause a reaction between deuterium and nitrogen.
Gen. Leslie Groves: Meaning?
J. Robert Oppenheimer: We could set fire to the world's atmosphere.
Gen. Leslie Groves: My God!
J. Robert Oppenheimer: It's alright. Hans Bethe checked the figures and it seems Edward had been a ...
See more »


Referenced in Did You See..?: Episode #1.5 (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

the best
28 October 2001 | by SBKnaackSee all my reviews

This is the best work i have ever seen on television. The story is compelling--all the more so because it is true. The writers did their homework--the accuracy of events is well documented. The acting is great. This has to be the best role Sam Waterston has ever had. And the black and white cinematography was exceptional. My only regret is that it is not available to buy. A few years ago I contacted someone involved with the production (either with PBS or in England) and was told they had no plans to release it on VHS (at the time). This was a BBC production and ran in the U.S. on American Playhouse. There is such an interest in seeing this--just hard to believe no one can make it available.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed