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When the Cold War ended, the generations that lived through it were relieved to finally vanquish the specter of a mushroom cloud from their minds. But today, thousands of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia remain on high-alert, still poised to destroy the planet. In Japan, atomic bomb survivors struggle with nightmarish memories and negative health effects; atomic veterans, down-winders, and atomic workers around the globe also continue to suffer from the effects of radiation exposure. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 may have temporarily damaged the soul of Japan, but has anyone ever taken an account of what the Bomb has done, and continues to do, to the soul of the country that dropped it? How might we alter the soul of a nation in order to truly live without the threat of total destruction? In a globe-trotting journey through various perspectives on nuclear weapons, filmmaker Bud Ryan takes us from the Peace Museums of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to the Nuclear Science museums of the United States; to the place that birthed the atomic bomb, (and cares for it still) the state of New Mexico, where Ryan now lives. Featuring former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, authors Gar Alperovitz and Jonathan Schell, Japanese bomb survivors, and many others, THE FORGOTTEN BOMB explores our pre-conceptions about nuclear weapons and their history, investigates how they inform our sense of identity and discovers what the Bomber can learn from the Bombed.

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  • Actors: Bud Ryan, George Shultz, Gar Alperovitz, Jonathan Schell
  • Directors: Stuart Overbey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062Z0PN4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,714 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I saw this screened in San Jose, CA, completely unsure what to expect. What I discovered was an extremely thoughtful approach to a terrifying subject. The issue of nuclear armaments is not dead, and it is dangerously unstable. While it might be easy to make a film that basically runs through the streets yelling "fire!" on such a topic, the film takes a much more nuanced approach. Certainly it delivers it's moments of dread (forest fires approaching nuclear storage?!). But also has elements of humor and pathos. I would recommend this film, especially to anyone that feels like the nuclear weapon problem is in the past. It ain't just loose nukes that are a worry.

Also, this film was made before the Fukushima reactor disaster. It's relevance did not take long to be proven.
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Apparently for the producer of the documentary everything that has to do with "atomic" or "nuclear" is bad. He raises a few valid points, but most of the "evidence" presented is anecdotal or opinions of a particular person.
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I grew up in the 40's and 50's when the Japanese were still viewed as the enemy and the decision to drop the two atomic bombs as Truman's finest hour. This documentary reached into the dark corners of my mind and swept it clean of any lingering misconceptions remaining from that period. The Forgotten Bomb ranges widely and delves deeply into the issues surrounding nuclear weaponry. It is carefully researched and intelligently presented, but it is also heartrending and eye-opening. It pulled me out of my cultural box and forced me to see -- always a good thing! Five enthusiastic stars!!
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Very informative and also a reminder that this,behind Global Warming,is among mankind's most dangerous problems.Andthe failure of eliminating nuclear weapons is just one more of Ronald Reagan's monumental mistakes,along with his trickle down economics and reducing taxes for the wealthy.
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In high school, my AP history teacher told us that Japan had been ready to surrender World War II, yet the U.S. had hurriedly dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atrocity and monstrous cruelty of doing so on a civilian population is something I think can never be justified.

While this documentary was not that well-presented and not as clear as it could be, I did gain an understanding that the amount of nuclear firepower has only increased tremendously since the days of World War II and the Cold War. How some of those in power and high positions can be so short-sighted about the future of the human race and how dangerous mutual destruction is, I don't know.

One thing that I took away from this film is that Harold Agnew (observer of the Hiroshima bombing on the plane, third director of Los Alamos National Laboratory) is a horrible human being. He stated in the documentary that he has gone to Japan and appeared on a TV show where he was confronted by survivors of the Atomic bombing (who were about 10 years old during the bombing). He stated he refused to apologize, told them to remember Pearl Harbor, and stormed off. This gave me the impression of a person lacking in compassion, humanity, and empathy. While what happened at Pearl Harbor was wrong, the atomic bombing of men, women, and children in Japan was wrong as well.

The most interesting and human moments in the documentary were hearing the survivors tell their stories. I would have liked the documentary to focus more on the stories.

"The atom bomb brought an empty victory to the allied arms but it resulted for the time being in destroying the soul of Japan. What has happened to the soul of the destroying nation is yet too early to see." - Gandhi (quote in the film)

Further reading of Gandhi's view:
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I got a chance to see this movie and was blown away by the scope and delivery of the information. I highly recommend Forgotten Bomb to anyone who wants to more about the subject matter or folks who think they know it all- they'll be amazed by the depth and insight!
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I saw the movie over a month ago but it has stuck with me in ways that few other movies/documentaries do. I happen to read the reviews written by others so far out of curiosity. They're all positive. That's why I titled this review "Ditto". This movie is not a short flashy documentary on the subject. This is a full length movie that goes into depth on the subject. The cumulative revelations and the detailed information make the movie difficult to forget. At the end,I promised myself to remember the movie and the details it revealed. Now I am thinking I should buy the movie. There is no way I can remember all the details and I certainly never could tell the story as convincingly as the movie does. People need to see this movie not only to remember the past but to know that without good governance, open discussion, and a developed and moral consciences equally awful decisions can be made in the future. It is a lesson in how decisions are made, who makes them, and what the results can be. Since the movie is not likely to be shown widely, buying the movie is a good idea. Share it with your discussion group, your family, to your children (after they've grown up a bit - it is not for children), etc.
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