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The Day After Trinity (1981)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 20 January 1981 (USA)
Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon ... See full summary »

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Jon Else
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Hans Bethe ... Self
Holm Bursom Holm Bursom ... Self
Haakon Chevalier Haakon Chevalier ... Self
Stirling Colgate Stirling Colgate ... Self
Freeman Dyson ... Self
Jon Else Jon Else ... Interviewer
Susan Evans Susan Evans ... Self
Francis Fergusson Francis Fergusson ... Self
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice)
Leslie Groves ... Self (archive footage)
Elizabeth Ingram Elizabeth Ingram ... Self
Robert Krohn Robert Krohn ... Self
Dave MacDonald Dave MacDonald ... Self
Joseph McCarthy ... Self (archive footage)
Dorothy McKibben Dorothy McKibben ... Self
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Scientists and witnesses involved in the creation and testing of the first ever atomic bomb reflect on the Manhattan project and its fascinating leader, J. Robert Oppenheimer, who upon completion of his wonderful and horrible invention became a powerful spokesperson against the nuclear arms race. Written by Neal Grigsby <ngrigsby@uclink2.berkeley.edu>

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The same photo of Oppenheimer can also be seen stuck to a computer monitor in Jurrasic Park (1993) along with a Post-it reading "beginning of baby boom" and a sketch of an atomic explosion. See more »

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It changed my life
16 September 2007 | by hellman-1See all my reviews

I first saw this documentary in 1981 and I am not exaggerating when I say it changed my life. A few years later I took an 18 month unpaid leave from my professorship to work as a full-time volunteer trying to defuse the nuclear threat. While many factors contributed to that decision, "The Day After Trinity" certainly was one of them.

The thing that impressed me most about this film was that it showed me how we can fool ourselves as to our motivation. We think we base our decisions on a rational foundation, but this film helped me to see places in my own past where I had made major decisions and not been totally honest about some of my motivation. We have socially acceptable and socially unacceptable reasons for doing things and hide the socially unacceptable ones even from our own consciousness. But they are at work in the unconscious, where they can take over and do great harm. Watching this film made me vow to do my utmost never to do that again. (It's not as easy as it might sound!) It is not light fare, but definitely worth watching. Aside from what a viewer can learn from it, the film is very well done, with much high drama.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az atombomba születése See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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