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American Experience: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Overview

The life and legacy of atomic bomb creator J. Robert Oppenheimer serves as the subject of this installment of PBS's American Experience. His name forever bound to the Manhattan Project, America's most famous top-secret initiative, Oppenheimer presided over the assembly of the atomic bomb that helped end World War II. The legacy of the charismatic scientist would soon be tainted, however, by accusations of treason. Why did the country who once hailed Oppenheimer as a national hero suddenly turn their backs on him?...
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Overview

The life and legacy of atomic bomb creator J. Robert Oppenheimer serves as the subject of this installment of PBS's American Experience. His name forever bound to the Manhattan Project, America's most famous top-secret initiative, Oppenheimer presided over the assembly of the atomic bomb that helped end World War II. The legacy of the charismatic scientist would soon be tainted, however, by accusations of treason. Why did the country who once hailed Oppenheimer as a national hero suddenly turn their backs on him? Academy Award-nominated actor David Strathairn stars as Oppenheimer in a documentary profile of the man who would ultimately emerge as one of the 20th Century's most important, yet controversial figures.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; A behind the scenes featurette; Materials for educators
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • UPC: 841887010382
  • Original Release: 2009
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  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Strathairn J. Robert Oppenheimer
Campbell Scott Voice Only
Michael Cumpsty Participant
Technical Credits
David Grubin Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Bacon Score Composer
James Callanan Cinematographer
Tania Castellanos Co-producer
Dan Cogan Co-producer
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Deborah Peretz Editor
Mark Samels Executive Producer
Kate Taverna Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Experience: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer
1. Introduction [1:13]
2. A Threat to National Security [6:16]
3. Early Years [5:30]
4. Coming Into His Own [8:29]
5. "A Tumultuous Relationship" [6:35]
6. Leading the Laboratory [9:38]
7. A Shadow of Suspicion [11:21]
8. Setbacks and Success [11:07]
9. Controlling the Power [13:40]
10. Russia Gets the Bomb [5:43]
11. "A Weapon of Genocide" [9:11]
12. Building a Case [3:48]
13. The Hearings [8:39]
14. "Devouring Her Own Children" [4:59]
15. Conclusion [3:33]
16. Credits [1:35]
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