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

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...  Robert Oppenheimer 7 episodes, 1980
...  Narrator 7 episodes, 1980
Christopher Muncke ...  Colonel Kenneth Nichols / ... 6 episodes, 1980
Jana Shelden ...  Kitty Oppenheimer / ... 6 episodes, 1980
...  Enrico Fermi 6 episodes, 1980
...  Edward Teller 6 episodes, 1980
...  General Leslie Groves 5 episodes, 1980
Peter Whitman ...  Robert Serber 5 episodes, 1980
Matthew Guinness ...  Hans Bethe 5 episodes, 1980
Bob Sherman ...  Ernest Lawrence 4 episodes, 1980
...  Robert Wilson 4 episodes, 1980
...  Frank Oppenheimer 4 episodes, 1980
...  Isidor Rabi 4 episodes, 1980
...  John Manley 3 episodes, 1980
Liza Ross ...  Jacky Oppenheimer 3 episodes, 1980
Blain Fairman ...  Robert Bacher 3 episodes, 1980
...  Jean Tatlock 3 episodes, 1980
Erica Stevens ...  Charlotte Serber 3 episodes, 1980
...  Haakon Chevalier 3 episodes, 1980
Peter Banks ...  Joseph Volpe 2 episodes, 1980
...  Lewis Strauss 2 episodes, 1980
...  Colonel John Lansdale 2 episodes, 1980
...  George Kistiakowsky 2 episodes, 1980
...  Rossi Lomanitz 2 episodes, 1980
...  Seth Neddermeyer 2 episodes, 1980
...  Captain 'Deke' Parsons 2 episodes, 1980
Rosemary Faith ...  Mitzi Teller 2 episodes, 1980
...  Steve Nelson 2 episodes, 1980
...  Priscilla Duffield 2 episodes, 1980
Douglas Lambert ...  Kenneth Bainbridge 2 episodes, 1980
...  F.B.I. Agent 2 episodes, 1980
...  F.B.I. Agent 2 episodes, 1980
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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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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Oppenheimer miniseries was on of the best I have ever seen.
14 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

I can't remember the series, I believe it may have been "American Masters", but it was broadcast on PBS around 1980. Most people have some knowledge of the development of the A bomb, and those that have little, or none, probably think it is a pretty dry subject. Anyone who has viewed this 7 part series does not feel that way. You get to know the turmoil in Oppenhemiers mind, and how the development changed his life forever. You understand the tragic figure he became, and why. With 7 episodes you get to know the major players, and the intrigue and backstabbing. I have contacted PBS about the chance of obtaining a video, or DVD, but have never received a response. Too bad, I would love to see it again.


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