Atomic City

Atomic City

Director: Jerry Hopper

Cast: Gene Barry, Lydia Clarke, Michael Moore

     
 

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The city of the title is Los Alamos, where nuclear physicist Gene Barry lives and works. Terrorists kidnap Barry's son and demand that the physicist turn over the H-bomb formula. It's cat-and-mouse for a while, but when the FBI gets on the case, the criminals haven't got a chance. Outdated almost before its release, The Atomic City is still effective on aSee more details below

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The city of the title is Los Alamos, where nuclear physicist Gene Barry lives and works. Terrorists kidnap Barry's son and demand that the physicist turn over the H-bomb formula. It's cat-and-mouse for a while, but when the FBI gets on the case, the criminals haven't got a chance. Outdated almost before its release, The Atomic City is still effective on a purely melodramatic level. There's a particularly tense climax played out along the mountain mesas surrounding Los Alamos.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
When it was first released, The Atomic City probably benefited both from the wonder that surrounded the atomic bomb and the tremendous interest in the Rosenberg trial of the same general period. Seen nowadays, without that kind of social context and with decades of experience with "the bomb," Atomic's punch is considerably muted. While it is still tense and taut, it's mostly a rather routine thriller. Because it pretty much ignores controversy surrounding atomic bombs, as well as about the espionage in and by the U.S., it is extremely naïve and may strike some younger viewers as a bit laughable. Still, if one can ignore this and just allow one to be manipulated by the chain of events and by Jerry Hopper's straight-ahead, committed direction, Atomic can be a nice little diversion. The ending in particular is well done, but Hopper also keeps nerves a bit frayed at other key points. He's aided by strong performances from Gene Barry, Michael Moore and Milburn Strong, and by an impressively strong one from child actor Lee Aaker.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2013
UPC:
0887090026802
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
39,908

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Barry Dr. Addison
Lydia Clarke Martha Addison
Michael Moore Russ Farley
Nancy Gates Ellen
Lee Aaker Tommy Addison
Houseley Stevenson Gregson
Milburn Stone Harold Mann
Bert Freed Emil Jablons
Frank Cady Weinberg
Leonard Strong Clark
Jerry Hausner Pattis
John Damler Peter Rassett
George Lynn Robert Kalnick
Olan Soule Mr. Fenton
Anthony Warde Arnie Molter

Technical Credits
Jerry Hopper Director
Sydney Boehm Screenwriter
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Archie Marshek Editor
Joseph Sistrom Producer
Leith Stevens Score Composer

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