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Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (1995)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | Video 29 September 1995
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A documentary presenting mankind's most ambitious effort at perfecting the means to its own annihilation. Featuring newly unclassified atomic test footage.

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Peter Kuran
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Cast

Credited cast:
William Shatner ... Himself - Narrator
Edward Teller ... Himself - Nuclear Physicist (as Dr. Edward Teller)
W.H.P. Blandy W.H.P. Blandy ... Himself - Commander Joint Task Force One (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Frank H. Shelton Frank H. Shelton ... Himself - Nuclear Weaponeer (as Dr. Frank H. Shelton)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - U.S. President (archive footage)
Adlai Stevenson ... Himself - U.S Ambassador (1961-1965) to the United Nations (archive footage)
Randall William Cook ... Newsreel Narrator (archive sound)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolai Bulganin Nikolai Bulganin ... Himself (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Everett Dirksen Everett Dirksen ... Himself (archive footage)
Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Enrico Fermi ... Himself (archive footage)
Reed Hadley ... Himself (archive footage)
Averell Harriman Averell Harriman ... Himself (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
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A documentary presenting mankind's most ambitious effort at perfecting the means to its own annihilation. Featuring newly unclassified atomic test footage. Written by Peter Kuran <VCEinc@AOL.com>

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Not Rated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the goals of this film, put together by noted special effects man Peter Kuran (the "Star Wars" films), was to restore and preserve the actual films of the atomic bomb tests which were being neglected by the government and were deteriorating. See more »

Crazy Credits

Dedicated to the Air Force 1352nd Motion Picture Squadron Lookout Mountain Laboratory (The Atomic Cinematographers) See more »

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Featured in Godzilla (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Where the Boys Are
by Neil Sedaka (as Neil Sadaka) and Howard Greenfield
© 1960 renewed 1988 Screen Gems - EMI Music Inc.
and Careers - BMG Music Publishing
All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.
Used By Permission.
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Cool Blasts... but "impartial"??
2 September 2002 | by blearyeyesSee all my reviews

I have just finished watching this film, and have read through many of the comments for it - quite a lot of people seem to feel that this film paints a fairly neutral picture of the development and testing of nuclear weapons.

However, as a few have mentioned, several important chapters were either missed, or glossed over. Sure, the film shows some spectacular footage, but it should not be taken as 'real history' any more than you would try to learn your history from a local fireworks display. Its full of "oohs and ahhs" but do let it stop there.

What really got me was the last 5 minutes - painting china as an unstoppable force, launching an invasion in the midst of bombs exploding all around. Sure, in 1995, China may not have been on the friendliest terms with the US public, but surely I'm not the only person who finds this particular piece of editing not only a very cheap propaganda attempt, but is simply a terrible way to end the film.

What was left out were many chapters of testing where US tests involved humans being affected - they did touch on it briefly, but in particular, incidents like the Maralinga tests in central Australia are definitely an important part of history and should not have been left out.

Also, though it was obvious this film was ATTEMPTING to be impartial, it was often hard to tell what was tongue-in-cheek or genuine sentiment, as there were many places where I was hoping for a punchline, but instead had to realise "Oh, they weren't joking"...

It does concern me in the current climate that people can actually be taking this film seriously as an impartial source - it does not mention any other Nuclear-capable nations beyond the US, "the enemies", and briefly, Britain - and is though a great source for pretty pictures of the bombs exploding, the music, the intercut footage and the dreadful ending to tend to shape this into a very one-sided piece of war-mongering propaganda.

I would recommend "Dr Strangelove" for anyone wanting the "pretty pictures" WITH a fairly good message attached, as though its a work of satire and fiction, I do think it paints a far more accurate picture of events and possibilities than this film ever could.


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