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Who was Robert Oppenheimer?

Cillian Murphy as Robert Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy as Robert Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer is one of this summer's hottest films.

The biopic is about a German-born scientist who spearheaded the building of the world's first nuclear bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico during WWII.

This film follows Robert Oppenheimer's life from his days as a university student in the 1920s, through the 1950s when he was investigated by the American government for his past association with Communist Party USA.

Robert J. Oppenheimer
The real Oppenheimer in the mid 1940s.

Oppenheimer is generally regarded as "The Father of the Atomic Bomb", and Wikipedia says he made significant contributions to nuclear physics. Historians say the WWII atomic bomb program was successful largely due to his leadership and scientific knowledge.

Robert Oppenheimer Fast Facts:

  • Obtained a Harvard degree in just 3 years.

  • He was a chain smoker, and died of throat cancer in 1966.

  • His students said, "His physics was good, but his arithmetic was awful."

  • Never read newspapers as a young man, and said he didn't know about the 1929 stock market crash until six months later.

  • Was opposed to the development of a nuclear-fusion hydrogen bomb in the late 1940s and early 1950s. says, "Oppenheimer rediscovers the power of huge closeups of people's faces as they grapple with who they are, and who other people have decided that they are, and what they've done to themselves and others."

Come see this remarkable film at Stettler's Jewel Theatre August 11-17. Check for showtimes.

See you at the movies!


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