DAY AFTER TRINITY - J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb - (1981) DVD

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THE DAY AFTER TRINITY (1981) DVD Color/B&W Shown in original aspect ratio of 1.37:1 Approx. 89 min.

‎The Day After Trinity (a.k.a. The Day After Trinity: J. Robert Oppenheimer and the Atomic Bomb) is a 1981 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. It features interviews with several Manhattan Project scientists, as well as newly declassified archival footage.

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 F. 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."


    Haakon Chevalier — writer, friend of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    Hans Bethe — Los 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

    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

Nominated for 1982 Academy Award – Best Documentary, Feature

Winner of Peabody Award 1982

J. Robert Oppenheimer: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."