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Building Bombs (1989)

It sis one of the most volatile nuclear arms controversies in America's history: the mismanagement of the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Plant outside Aiken, South Carolina--... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Jane Alexander ... Narrator
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It sis one of the most volatile nuclear arms controversies in America's history: the mismanagement of the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Plant outside Aiken, South Carolina--mismanagement which has produced numerous reactor accidents, a general deterioration of the aging facility's cooling system, and the threat of nuclear waste to the area's drinking water. BUILDING BOMBS, the product of five years of research and filmed interviews by Atlanta filmmakers Mark Mori and Susan Robinson, is the first in-depth look at the social, emotional and moral impact of the nation's largest nuclear weapons manufacturing facility on the people of Aiken, South Carolina. But BUILDING BOMBS is more than just the facts--horrifying as they are. It is a powerful story of individuals whose lives and livelihoods were wed to the Savannah River Plant and of how those individuals faced complex personal and professional choices with touching courage and dignity. Written by Atlanta Film Society

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USA

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English

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9 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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Building Bombs: The Legacy See more »

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Single Spark Pictures See more »
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Mono

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Color
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good topical documentary, banned by PBS
9 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The subject of this Oscar nominated documentary is the mammoth Dupont operated Savannah River nuclear weapons plant in South Carolina, where the mandate to build an effective deterrent to (often imaginary) foreign aggression never took into account the more genuine (and continuing) threat to the local population. Filmmakers Susan Robinson and Mark Mori provide a fascinating history of the American nuclear weapons industry, showing the appalling consequences of bureaucratic negligence, mismanagement, greed, and stupidity, after nearly fifty years of what one congressman candidly (and proudly) admits is a prosperous boon to the economy, rather than a necessary evil of National Defense. One complaint: the presentation is already effective without the obvious, ominous music cues. The film gained some notoriety when it was banned by PBS, supposedly because the viewpoint is so clearly and unapologetically partisan, but more likely because no one wanted to risk offending any corporate sponsors. The narration is by noted actress/activist Jane Alexander.


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