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The Day After Trinity

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Director  Jon H. Else
First episode date  1981
Country  United States
8/10 IMDb

Genre  Documentary, Biography
Initial DVD release  May 14, 2002
Language  English
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Writer  David Peoples, Janet Peoples
Release date  January 20, 1981 (1981-01-20)
Cast  J. Robert Oppenheimer, Hans Bethe, Haakon Chevalier, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Robert Serber, Leslie Groves
Similar movies  Turtles on Their Backs (2004)

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The Day After Trinity (a.k.a. The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb) is a 1980 documentary film directed and produced by Jon H. Else in association with KTEH public television in San Jose, California. The film tells the story of J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967), the theoretical physicist who led the effort to build the first atomic bomb, tested in July 1945 at Trinity site in New Mexico. Featuring candid interviews with several Manhattan Project scientists, as well as newly declassified archival footage, The Day After Trinity was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature of 1980, and received a Peabody Award in 1981.


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The film's title comes from an interview seen near the conclusion of the documentary. Robert Oppenheimer is asked for his thoughts on Sen. Robert Kennedy's efforts to urge President Lyndon Johnson to initiate talks to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. "It's 20 years too late," Oppenheimer replies. After a pause he states, "It should have been done the day after Trinity."

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in order of first appearance
  • Haakon Chevalier — writer, friend of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • Hans BetheLos Alamos physicist, Nobel laureate in physics
  • Francis Fergusson — writer, friend of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • Robert Serber — physicist, Los Alamos
  • Robert Wilson — physicist, Los Alamos
  • Frank Oppenheimer — physicist, Los Alamos, brother of Robert Oppenheimer
  • I.I. Rabi — Manhattan Project physicist, Nobel laureate
  • Freeman Dyson — physicist, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
  • Stirling Colgate — physicist, Los Alamos
  • Stan Ulam — mathematician, Los Alamos
  • Robert Porton — G.I., at Los Alamos during World War II
  • Françoise Ulam — writer, wife of Stanislaw Ulam
  • Dorothy McKibben — former head, Manhattan Project office, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Robert Krohn — physicist, Los Alamos
  • Jane Wilson — writer, wife of Robert Wilson
  • Jon Else — filmmaker, interviewer
  • Holm Bursom — rancher, Socorro, New Mexico
  • Dave MacDonald — rancher, Socorro, New Mexico
  • Susan Evans — resident, New Mexico
  • Elizabeth Ingram — merchant, San Antonio, New Mexico
  • Appearing on archive film

  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • General Leslie Groves
  • President Harry Truman
  • Senator Joseph McCarthy
  • Home video releases

    The Day After Trinity was released on VHS cassette by Pyramid Home Video, and on Region 1 DVD by Image Entertainment. A CD-ROM that was released in 1995 included interviews, transcripts, annotations, biographies and other information.


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