Head Credits

David Grubin
Producer, Writer and Director

Campbell Scott

Deborah Peretz

Kate Taverna

Michael Bacon

Tania Castellanos

Dan Cogan

James Callanan


David Straithairn
as J. Robert Oppenheimer

Michael Cumpsty
as Prosecutor Roger Robb

Danny Gerroll
as Colonel Pash

Michael Stuhlbarg
as Edward Teller

Boyd Gaines
as the Voice of Chairman Gray

Ellen Katz
as the Stenographer

Production Credits

Zoe Viccaji
Archival Research

Anna Bowers
Unit Production Manager

David Korins
Production Designer

Rod Lemmond
Art Director

Nathan Koch
Set Dresser

Alius Sato
Assistant Camera

Joe Matina

Gary Haspel
Peter Protowick
Duane Chan-Shue
Brian Rodriguez

Key Grip
Ted Shay

Dolly Grip
Robert Daigle

Gary Nichols
John McCoy
Nick Bottom

Sound Recordist
Roger Phenix

Boom Operator
Neil Danziger

Costume Designer
Juliet Polcsa

Hair Stylist/Make-Up
Dina Sliwiak

Production Assistants
Michael Chico
Jeremy Hansen
Zoe Viccaji
Katie Ryder
Nancy Walters

Stand In
Patrick Reese

Set Intern
Carolyn Lipka

Assistant Editor
Mark Franks

Post Production Assistant
Damon Ginandes

Post Production Facility
Goldcrest Post

Online Editors
Peter Heady
Jay Tillin

John Dowdell

Audio Post Production Facility
Sync Sound, Inc.

Re-Recording Mixer
Ken Hahn

Supervising Sound Editor
Neil Cedar

Dialogue Editor
Ken Hahn

Sound Effects Editor
Philippe Desloovere

Score Preparation
James Oakar

New Mexico Location Scout
Mary Lance

Helicopter Pilot
Earl Watters, Aerowest Helicopters

Additional Research
Chris Aprato
Noah Belikoff
Joy Conley
Jenny Fichmann

Research Interns
Samantha Adams
Sebastian Howard
Carolyn Lipka
Katie Ryder
David Yim

Fact Checker
Courtney Engelstein

Archival Sources
ABC News Videosource
American Institute of Physics, Emilio Segre Visual Archives
Associated Press/STF
Associated Press/John Rous
Associated Press/Bill Chaplis
BBC Motion Gallery
The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists/courtesy AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives
Buyout Footage, Inc.
California Institute of Technology
CBS News
Corbis Images
Corbis Motion
David Tatlock
Department of Energy, Historic Records and Research
Department of Energy, Nuclear Testing Archive
Federal Bureau of Investigations
F.I.L.M. Archives
Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Alfred Eisenstaedt/Getty Images
Arnold Newman/Getty Images
Paul Schutzer/Getty Images
Agence France Presse/Getty Images
Nat Farbman/Getty Images
STF/AFP/Getty Images
Authenticated News/Getty Images
Ralph Morse/Getty Images
Alan W. Richards/Getty Images
Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
Marie Hansen/Getty Images
Keystone/Getty Images
Leonard McConmbe/Getty Images
George Skaddina/Stringer/Getty Images
Göttingen University Library
The Granger Collection, New York
Phillipe Halsman/Halsman Archive
Harvard University Archives
Werner Wolff, Black Star/Harvard University Archives
Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School
HBO Archives
Historic Films
Archives of the Institute for Advanced Study
ITN Source
J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee
John E. Allen, Inc.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
Al Ravena/ Library of Congress
Life Magazine Time Inc.
Los Alamos Historical Society 
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The Los Angeles Times
Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum photos
Renne Burri/Magnum Photos
Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos
National Archives
NBC News Archives
New Mexico State Records Center and Archives
New York Post
The New York Times
Peter Oppenheimer
Physics Review, courtesy of the American Physical Society
Redux Pictures
Rue Des Archives
Lane Medical Library Archives, Stanford University Medical Center
Streamline Films
Photos of Nagasaki after the bomb taken by Yosuke Yamahata courtesy of Shogo Yamata
Naturwissenschaften, Springer Publishing
Time Magazine, Time, Inc.
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Ulli Steltzer
U.S. Department of State
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Alumnae and Alumni of Vassar College
The Washington Post
WGBH Media Library
WPA Film Library

Scenics and Aerials shot on location in the State of New Mexico

Special Thanks
Alliance Reporting Service, Inc.
Ruth Beamon
Kai Bird
Drew Bourn
Leonard Bruno
Craig Burdett
Bonnie Coles
John Fox
Eve Grubin
Joan Grubin
Loma Karklins
Eileen Kramer
Nash Family Foundation
Judith Oppenheimer 
Peter Oppenheimer
Greg Orr
Kathy Struss
David Tatlock
Marcia Tucker
Geoffrey C. Ward

Presto Disk lathe provided by Carl Rowatti

Richard Rhodes
Martin Sherwin

On-camera interviewees
Richard Rhodes, writer
Marvin L. Goldberger, physicist
Martin J. Sherwin, historian
Priscilla J. McMillan, writer
Herbert F. York, physicist
Freeman Dyson, physicist
Robert Christy, physicist
Roy J. Glauber, physicist
Harold M. Agnew, physicist
Jeremy Bernstein, writer

For David Grubin Productions

Business Manager
Chris Wolf

Production Assistant
Anna Bowers

Production Executive
Bruce Mundt

Executive Producer for the BBC
Nick Fraser


Post Production
Vanessa Ezersky
Glenn Fukushima
Greg Shea

Series Designer
Alison Kennedy

On-Line Editor
Spencer Gentry

Sound Mix
John Jenkins

Series Theme
Charles Kuskin
Mark Adler

Production Manager
Nancy Sherman

Jay Fialkov
Janice Flood
Maureen Jordan
Scott Kardel

Project Administration
Julie Cresswell
Kelsey Dorwart
Susana Fernandes
Pamela Gaudiano

Marketing and Communications
Laura Bowman
Jen Holmes
Patrick Ramirez

Project Manager
Lauren Prestileo

Associate Producer, New Media
Molly Longstreth Jacobs

Director of New Media
Maria Daniels

Senior Editor
Paul Taylor

Series Producer
Susan Bellows

Series Manager
James E. Dunford

Coordinating Producer
Susan Mottau

Senior Producer
Sharon Grimberg

Executive Producer
Mark Samels

A David Grubin Production Inc. film for American Experience in association with the BBC

©2008 WGBH Educational Foundation and David Grubin Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

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