The history of nuclear weapons between 1945 until 1963.

Director:

Peter Kuran
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Credited cast:
William Shatner ... Self - Narrator
Edward Teller ... Self - Nuclear Physicist (as Dr. Edward Teller)
W.H.P. Blandy W.H.P. Blandy ... Self - Commander Joint Task Force One (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Frank H. Shelton Frank H. Shelton ... Self - Nuclear Weaponeer (as Dr. Frank H. Shelton)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Self - U.S. President (archive footage)
Adlai Stevenson ... Self - 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 ... Self (archive footage)
Winston Churchill ... Self (archive footage)
Everett Dirksen Everett Dirksen ... Self (archive footage)
Albert Einstein ... Self (archive footage)
Enrico Fermi ... Self (archive footage)
Reed Hadley ... Self (archive footage)
Averell Harriman ... Self (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Self (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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Trivia

Some of the footage used in this documentary is from another documentary, "Tsar Bomba." This footage deals with a 60,000 pound device that is called in this film the Soviet's "monster bomb." When it was tested, it created the largest explosion ever created by man. See more »

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The story, names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are real. Some goats, pigs, and sheep were nuked during the original photography of some operations. See more »

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Features Triumph of the Will (1935) See more »

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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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Prepare to be horrified...
22 December 2004 | by catch22000See all my reviews

This film would have been nothing were it not for the outstanding scoring by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. The music amplifies the horror, the bizarre and grotesque beauty, the grandiose irony of this film and its subject. Shatner's fact-like voice is like monochrome, and never distracts from the subject with character. It is a purposefully amoral film to good effect. Without stretching far beyond the immediate implications of a nuclear blast, and by staying devoid of ideology, we are left with the terrible phenomenon itself - the atomic blast.

To me, this was a real horror movie... sitting paralyzed, bug eyed, shocked, mouth agape and all that, complete with surround sound and weighty, ponderous Russian orchestrations in grotesque minor keys. You pray to God they make presidents watch films like these.

I also thought the ending "However..." sequence was perfect. To say that weapons find rest in the hands of fools becomes a truly shocking understatement when you see the sheer unhinged lunacy of the final scene.


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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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Ultra Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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