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The Forgotten Bomb (2010)

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When the Cold War ended, worry about nuclear weapons receded. But has the nuclear threat really diminished? Join Bud Ryan on a personal and global journey to discover what the bomber can ... See full summary »


Stuart Overbey



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bud Ryan Bud Ryan ... Himself - Host
Michael Hall Michael Hall ... Himself - U.S. Air Force
Dave Ward Dave Ward ... Himself - Nuclear Weapons Scientist & Professor
Gar Alperovitz Gar Alperovitz ... Himself - Author, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
Harry S. Truman ... Himself - President (archive footage)
George Cowan George Cowan ... Himself - Manhattan Project Scientist
J. Robert Oppenheimer J. Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself - Physicist (archive footage)
Paul Tibbets Paul Tibbets ... Himself - Commander, Atomic Bomb Group (archive footage) (as Colonel Paul Tibbets)
Harold Agnew Harold Agnew ... Himself - Manhattan Project Scientist (as Dr. Harold Agnew)
Ivan Oelrich Ivan Oelrich ... Himself - Federation of American Scientists
Steven Leeper Steven Leeper ... Himself - Chairperson, Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation
Jim Walther Jim Walther ... Himself - Museum Director, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History
Bob Anderson Bob Anderson ... Himself - Director, Stop the War Machine
Jeanne Pahls Jeanne Pahls ... Herself - Director, Stop the War Machine
Joni Arends Joni Arends ... Herself - Executive Director, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety


When the Cold War ended, worry about nuclear weapons receded. But has the nuclear threat really diminished? Join Bud Ryan on a personal and global journey to discover what the bomber can learn from the bombed, and what our prospects look like for finally living in a nuclear-free world. Features interviews with bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, authors Gar Alperovitz and Jonathan Schell, and many more. Written by Anonymous

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17 January 2012 (USA) See more »

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How soon we forget...
29 December 2014 | by poe426See all my reviews

The whitewashing of nuclear energy is just one of the many monumental lies we have learned to live with in this country. I live less than 50 miles from a nuclear power plant and I can attest to the fact that, since moving here, I've seen more genetic mutations than you can point a spent fuel rod at. THE FORGOTTEN BOMB doesn't whitewash these kind(s) of mutations, but it doesn't go out of its way to dwell on them, either- and that's a disservice to the very people this documentary is aimed at. (Sure, you can go online and see what kind of carnage is wrought when humans are exposed to radiation, but THAT'S exactly the kind of thing a doc like this demands: don't just TELL us, SHOW us; it's the only way to make some people even acknowledge that it happens.) (And anyone who thinks that the people who made this one are full of s---, I DARE you to go live downwind from a nuclear power plant.) The "disposal" of spent fuel rods, et al, should've been addressed, as well: from all the evidence, it looks like most of it's been dumped on Native Lands. The biggest shock (for me) watching this one was the revelation that there have been as many as 2400 nuclear explosions around the world since 1945.

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