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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 Callie La Personerie ...  Lisa Olson 3 episodes, 2017
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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) See more »

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This is the real stuff - truth 101
22 December 2017 | by reallaplaineSee all my reviews

Wormwood is one of those docu-films which could easily go by the boards and not get a lot of notice, and yet, it is highly relevant. Typically, for decades, Hollywood has depicted the CIA, the Central Intelligence Agency, as a dirty black-ops hand of the US government. The agency that lives by the mantra "anything goes" in the name of national security. Wormwood takes us back to 1953 when a scientist, Frank Olson, working on a top secret chemical warfare program, under the auspices of the CIA, suddenly dies and his death is tagged a suicide. His son, Eric, goes on to spend decades trying to force the truth into the open and asking for accountability from the government who is supposed to oversee this agency. This is a true story, the details and re-enactments are quite brilliantly done. The duplicity of the CIA is well-revealed. It's a compelling rendering about one man who goes up against the might of the US government in a relentless search for the truth, and of course, what he discovers in the end is sadly shocking. If you want a dose of reality, watch the film - it will make you question things.


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