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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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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 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 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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USA

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English

Release Date:

29 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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The Atomic Bomb Movie See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Ultra Stereo

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1.37 : 1
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The soundtrack for this documentary was performed by the Moscow Symphony, and recorded in Moscow. Oddly, this allowed people to view the previously classified material that the former USSR, now Russia, wanted and tried hard to procure it. See more »

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Dedicated to the Air Force 1352nd Motion Picture Squadron Lookout Mountain Laboratory (The Atomic Cinematographers) 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
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Used By Permission.
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Deliberately devoid of complexity and controversy.
16 February 2004 | by x_hydraSee all my reviews

There is no doubt that Kuran, et al, did a great job of getting this footage together. William Shatner on narration and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra for the score are perhaps the part of the most overdramatic combination in the history of documentaries, but these are more forgivable (they are almost a parody of themselves) than this overly sanitized version of American nuclear testing which overlooks practically all of the pertinent policy and moral issues.

As a film about some of the straight technical aspects of nuclear testing, though, it does a good job of explaining the purpose of each of the American tests it covers (it only covers the period between 1945-1964, though). The worst part was the final sequence of the testing of the Chinese atomic bomb. This is a HEAVILY edited sequence (the original can be found in the Chinese propaganda film, "Mao's Little Red Video" -- obviously not objective in any sense in its original, but amazingly made even less so by Kuran) splicing MULTIPLE nuclear tests into one sequence with the obvious intent on capitalizing on the effect of "Mongol hoards" in gas masks. He also redoes the audio, removing the narration explaining the technical purposes of their tests and why their soldiers were doing the maneuvers that they were. It is highly suspicious that a director would take the time to outline the technical aspects of American tests as a de-politicizing tactic, and then do exactly the opposite for the Chinese tests.

As a documentary about nuclear testing, it fails. Nuclear testing was NOT just about big explosions and the technical ramifications of them -- it contains issues of politics, the environment, diplomacy, morality, ethics, history, social policy, so forth and so forth and so forth. None of which were adequately covered in this film, which concerns itself almost completely with technical aspects -- and so attempts to devoid itself of any of the necessary responsibility of properly addressing the issues of nuclear testing.

Visually, it is stunning. It is a valid testament to Kuran's technical abilities. In terms of content, it fails in a variety of ways, ranging from omission to deceptive editing.

Teenage boys who delight in big bangs will no doubt love this. For those looking for a more informative and sophisticated documentary about atomic testing, try "The Atomic Cafe" instead. If you are looking for large explosions with only the most technical of context, then you might enjoy this film. For some, I fear, this is the most favored way to deal with nuclear testing -- one deliberately devoid of complexity and controversy.


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