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Nuclear physicist Frank Addison (Gene Barry, The War of the Worlds) and his wife are living every parent's worst nightmare: their son Tommy (Lee Aaker, TV's The Adventures Of Rin Tin Tin) has been kidnapped. The kidnapper's ransom demands are the secrets behind the H-bomb! The desperate scramble to rescue Tommy unfolds at a rapid pace in The Atomic City - from the streets of Los Angeles to cliff dwelling of Santa Fe; the real-life locations provide the vivid backdrops for this taut and suspenseful thriller. Director Jerry Hopper (Pony Express) makes his feature film debut.

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  • Actors: Gene Barry, Lee Aaker, Lydia Clarke, Michael Moore, Nancy Gates
  • Directors: Jerry Hopper
  • Writers: Sydney Boehm
  • Producers: Joseph Sistrom
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053XZ93C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert Egby on March 27, 2012
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One of the joys of watching old movies particularly those shot on location is that the viewer sees a place, an environment as it was. Such is the case with "Atomic City" starring Gene Barry and Lee Aaker and directed by Jerry Hopper. It was made in 1952 and largely filmed in New Mexico's Santa Fe and Los Alamos regions. It hit the screens while America was still reeling from the shock that the Cold War was real and Communist spies had actually infiltrated the labs at Los Alamos. In fact two American civilians, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were awaiting execution the following year after being convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war. Writer Sydney Boehm's story is simple. The young son of a Los Alamos nuclear scientist is kidnapped and the ransom demand is the design of the H-bomb. The 85 minute production is entertaining but its real quality lies in the actual locations such as the famous La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe, the shops of that period and of course Los Alamos known as "Atomic City," a name that still lingers today on the town's bus service. In the longish finale the viewer is treated to scenes filmed at the Bandelier National Monument with its famous Frijoles Canyon and the unique cliff dwellings of the Indian ancestors. The movie is now sixty years old and for lovers of visual history it provides a great treat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tuco on December 28, 2006
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Here is a much lesser known 50's sci-fi with a little different twist. An atomic researchers son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of the the Father's atomic secrets.

This is a tightly knit atomic sci-fi thriller with great production values and above average acting, even from the kid. The Atomic City actually has a movie feel to it unlike a lot of other 50's sci-fi of this time which which came off more like an episode of a TV show.

The Atomic City was also actually nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay - how many other 50's sci-fi can tout an Academy Award Nomination?

Great pacing, tight direction and some superb location filming in the 'real' Atomic City of Los Alamos, New Mexico make this one worth hunting down. The collectors print in circulation is an above average transfer and makes for a great double feature with the Atomic Man!!

Recommended
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don E. Cook on August 4, 2012
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"The Atomic City" (starring Gene Barry, who also starred in "The War of the Worlds" (1953)), is an excellent nail-biter that blends the fears of the Cold War with the best traditions of 1930's/1940s gangster/film noir films. One could swear that this film is an Atomic age gangster film that replaces the Mafia with "the enemy" (euphemistically referring to the communists of Russia and China.) If you like a sort of "revisionist" gangster film with Atomic Age/Cold War drama, then this might be for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dudley J. Tate on November 23, 2012
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"The Atomic City" made in 1952, is an interesting tale about what can happen
in real life and no doubt was a controversial issue in its day.

The story takes place in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at the maximum-security
nuclear-weapons research centre and involves top atomic scientist Dr. Frank
Addison (Gene Barry), his wife Martha (Lydia Clarke) and his young son
Tommy (Lee Aaker).

Disaster strikes when Tommy is kidnapped and is held in exchange for atomic
secrets by enemy agents. It shows the anguish that the parents are put
through and the devious methods that the kidnappers use to obtain these
secrets, including killing the boy if they fail to get what they want.

The parents reluctantly hand the case over to the FBI but to them National
Security is top priority. Apprehending the extortionists comes first and saving
the boy is further down the list. To the parents, it is saving the boy first and
apprehending the extortionists next.

The FBI spend considerable time following up every clue but time is fast
running out. The useless formula handed to the extortionists to stall for more
time is confirmed as useless and the boy's life is now in peril.

The climax to the movie comes when the FBI find out by accident where the
boy is being held and they converge on the site - the Puye Indian cliff
dwellings.

Everything is now going wrong for the kidnappers, so they decide to destroy
all evidence and flee. The master-mind of the plot kills his accomplices and
then prepares to kill the boy as he would be able to identify him.

Tommy of course is a bright and resourceful little boy and he knows what is
about to happen to him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian S on October 15, 2006
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A wonderful old fashioned scary face paced science fiction film. Paramount takes such good care of their prints and this video shows it!
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By EmilyRB on March 4, 2011
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I purchased Atomic City [VHS] for my dad's 54th birthday. He'd put it on his Amazon Wish List, and it frankly was one of the nice movie things I could afford. I queued him in on it, he said he'd love to get it, and I ordered. I received it within a week of online purchase, and dad has watched it several times since his birthday. It had a few small wear-and-tear signs of being an older video cassette, but it was in pretty good shape for its age, and had a reasonably set price like so. I've also recently purchased a 15-year-old car off CraigsList, which exhibits like age-related signs of wear-and-tear, but is a great car with only 88,000 original miles and I LOVE it like dad loves the movie. Both have served the purchaser very well.
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