American Experience: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer [DVD] [2009]

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Special Features

  • A behind the scenes featurette
  • Materials for educators
  • Closed Captioned


American Experience: The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer
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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • David Strathairn
    David Strathairn - J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • Campbell Scott
    Campbell Scott - Narrator
  • Michael Cumpsty
    Michael Cumpsty - Prosecutor Roger Robb
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