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Pandora's Promise (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 November 2013 (UK)
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A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately... See full summary »


Robert Stone


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Cast overview:
Stewart Brand ... Himself - Founder & Publisher, Whole Earth Catalog
Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes ... Himself - Author, The Making of the Atomic Bomb
Gwyneth Cravens Gwyneth Cravens ... Herself - Author, Power to Save the World
Mark Lynas ... Himself - Environmental Activist
Michael Shellenberger Michael Shellenberger ... Himself - President & Co-Founder, The Breakthrough Institute
Len Koch Len Koch ... Himself - Pioneering Nuclear Engineer
Charles Till Charles Till ... Himself - Pioneering Nuclear Physicist
Ted Nordhaus Ted Nordhaus ... Himself - Environmental Activist
Robert Kennedy Jr. ... Himself - Environmental Activist (archive footage)
Amory Lovins Amory Lovins ... Himself - Environmental Scientist (archive footage)
Helen Caldicott Helen Caldicott ... Herself - Environmental Activist
James Inhofe James Inhofe ... Himself - Senator, Oklahoma (archive footage)


A feature-length documentary about the history and future of nuclear power. The film explores how and why mankind's most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. Operating as history, cultural meditation and contemporary exploration, PANDORA'S PROMISE aims to inspire a serious and realistic debate over what is without question the most important question of our time: how do we continue to power modern civilization without destroying it? Written by RS

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What if this cube could power your entire life.




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Release Date:

15 November 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ящик Пандоры See more »

Filming Locations:

Fukushima, Japan See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,495, 16 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$66,643, 4 August 2013
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Himself - Author, The Making of the Atomic Bomb: The damage that was caused to people by the fallout from that "worst of all nuclear power accidents" has been remarkably limited.
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Significant movie for the uninformed majority
1 June 2013 | by davidrolf56See all my reviews

I haven't even seen this film and already have a pretty good idea of what it will say... and it needs to be said because the vast array of options to develop nuclear power are largely unexplored. This is a problem of ignorance for our country and this movie is probably made for them. Our Govt has committed to one particular nuc technology, uranium or plutonium solid fuel which only utilizes about 0.5% of the potential energy in these materials before it must be decommissioned for storage. The advantage of this design is that it can be relatively easily converted to nuc weapons and nuc weapons can be relatively easily converted into civilian power uses. There are many other designs which harvest more of the potential energy from the fuel, and therefore pose less of a waste storage problem, could even consume "waste" solid fuel, are less easily made into weapons, are self limiting and incapable of "melting down" and can be scaled from large to small applications. These need to be explored and the best solutions developed in USA if we hope to remain economically competitive and if the world hopes to continue to develop while eliminating CO2 concerns. For more info on this check out "Thorium LFTR" on Youtube.

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