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The Trials of

J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant, charismatic scientist led the team that devised the atomic bomb and brought WWII to an end. Ten years later, his security clearance was revoked. Why?

PBS - American Experience

Two Hours


“As pure filmmaking, "Trials" is masterful, but even more so when you consider the multiple challenges of Grubin's subject. The director skillfully intercuts archival footage and stills with the Strathaim recreation of the security trials. The contributing sources, such as McMillan and author Richard Rhodes, are perfect choices and offer truly enlightening commentary, as opposed to the kind of bland babblings of talking heads hired just because they're talking heads.” 

– San Francisco Chronicle

“A moving PBS documentary on the 'father of the atomic bomb,' who perhaps was the right man for the wrong job.” 

– Los Angeles Times

Writers Guid of America Award

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