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:
Peter Sarsgaard ...  Frank Olson 6 episodes, 2017
Christian Camargo ...  Dr. Robert Lashbrook 6 episodes, 2017
Eric Olson ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2017
Scott Shepherd ...  Vincent Ruwet 5 episodes, 2017
Bob Balaban ...  Dr. Harold A. Abramson 5 episodes, 2017
Tim Blake Nelson ...  Sidney Gottlieb 5 episodes, 2017
Jack Michael Doke ...  Young Eric Olson 5 episodes, 2017
Molly Parker ...  Alice Olson 4 episodes, 2017
Jimmi Simpson ...  CIA Agent 3 episodes, 2017
Michael Chernus ...  Mal 3 episodes, 2017
Callie La Personerie ...  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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Release Date:

15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wormwood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Mesermizing and Meticulous Documentary/Drama...Compelling, Informative, & Thrilling
20 December 2017 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

The Macro Story of the CIA's Covert, Illegal, and Unethical MK-Ultra Program Unveiled in the 1970's is now in the Public Domain and has been Fodder for Historians and Conspiracy Theorist since its Embarrassing Entry in the Conscience of the American Psyche.

The Micro Story is of Eric Olsen's Quest to find out what Happened to His Father, Frank Olsen, a Government Scientist who was Found Dead on the Sidewalks of New York after Plunging 13 Stories from His Hotel Window is Meticulously Metered Out in this Errol Morris Documentary/Drama.

The Macro and the Micro are Combined for this Netflix Mini-Series that runs 4 hours from 6 Episodes. Those Searching for the Modernist Instant Gratification Fix might find this Format a bit Too Much.

But the Dazzled Presentation of Cut and Paste Collage cannot be Denied its Power and Entertainment Gravitas. The Real Footage of Politicians and Journalists puts the Viewer in the Time and Place, and the Dramatic Recreations of the Unknown "Real Happenings" of the Story are Compelling.

This "Collage" Creation of the Visuals, using Actual Print and Video is Mesmerizing and Informative. Overwhelming, but Magnetic it is a Ride of Historical Musings on a Headline Grabbing Uncovering of Government Hubris and a Personal Lifelong Lamenting from a Son's Dedication to the Truth Stemming from the Love of a Father who got Swallowed Up in the Paranoia of the Cold War.

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