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Radio Bikini 

It starts with a live radio broadcast from the Bikini Atoll a few days before it is annihilated by a nuclear test. Shows great footage from these times and tells the story of the US Navy ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Stone
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Kilon Bauno Kilon Bauno ... Himself - Chief of the Bikinians
John Smitherman John Smitherman ... Himself - Veteran of Nuclear Weapons Tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Austin Warren Austin ... Himself - US Delegate to UN (archive footage)
Bernard Baruch Bernard Baruch ... Himself (archive footage)
W.H.P. Blandy W.H.P. Blandy ... Himself (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral William H.P. Blandy)
Albert Einstein ... Himself - Concerned About Bikini Test (archive footage)
James Forrestal ... Himself (archive footage)
Vyacheslav Molotov ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow P. Swancutt Woodrow P. Swancutt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Woodrow Swancutt)
Harry S. Truman ... Himself (archive footage)
Harold Urey Harold Urey ... Himself - Concerned About Bikini Test (archive footage)
Lee Van Atta Lee Van Atta ... Himself - Radio Reporter (voice) (archive sound)
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Storyline

It starts with a live radio broadcast from the Bikini Atoll a few days before it is annihilated by a nuclear test. Shows great footage from these times and tells the story of the US Navy Sailors who were exposed to radioactive fallout. One interviewed sailor suffered grotesquely swollen limbs and he is shown being interviewed with enormous left arm and hand. Written by <anon@anon.anon>

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Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Marshallese | Russian

Release Date:

10 June 1988 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

References Gilda (1946) See more »

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Moon over Manakura
by Johny Kaonohi Pineapple and his native Islanders
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One of the best documentaries on any topic
6 April 2004 | by tombeamanSee all my reviews

This is a powerful and disturbing film using archival footage from the Bikini Bomb Tests in 1946. This is not about the use of the Bomb on Japan; instead, it is a study of the immediate post-war test, designed not only for scientific study but also domestic and international relations and to prepare our military for the eventual use of these weapons. Operation Crossroads changed the lives of those people who used to live on Bikini, as well as tens of thousands of our own sailors. There is no narration, only some interviews and the film footage strung together with audio and voiceovers. The film definitely takes the point of view that these tests had unintended consequences; we were playing with new toys that we did not understand...and most of us still do not understand. I cannot give this film a higher rating.


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