In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.
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Series cast summary:
...  Frank Olson 6 episodes, 2017
...  Dr. Robert Lashbrook 6 episodes, 2017
...  Himself 6 episodes, 2017
...  Vincent Ruwet 5 episodes, 2017
...  Sidney Gottlieb 5 episodes, 2017
...  Dr. Harold A. Abramson 5 episodes, 2017
...  Young Eric Olson 5 episodes, 2017
...  Alice Olson 4 episodes, 2017
...  Mal 3 episodes, 2017
...  CIA Agent 3 episodes, 2017
...  Lisa Olson 3 episodes, 2017


This six-part series explores the limits of our knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth. A family story of one man's sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death. A quest which brings him face-to-face with some of the darkest secrets of the United States. Written by Official Synopsis

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15 December 2017 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Far too long
16 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

It is such a shame because the story is very interesting and an important one to tell. Especially today when people in general and the united press corps in particular are busy fawning over US intelligence services, heralding them as virtually immaculate purveyors of truth. It's as if their shady past, MKUltra in the case of this documentary or the Iraq war in more recent memory, has been thrown down the memory hole and we are now to trust their word implicitly.

There is an excellent 90 minute documentary hiding in this material. But Netflix (as usual) drags it out for far too long. Was there really a need for this documentary to be six episodes long?

It boggles the mind that this documentary was made by the fantastic documentary filmmaker who did Standard Operating Procedure, A Brief History of Time and The Thin Blue Line, not to mention my personal favorites Mr. Death and especially The Fog of War.

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