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Radio Bikini
Radio Bikini
Actors: Kilon Bauno, John Smitherman, Warren Austin, Bernard Baruch, W.H.P. Blandy
Director: Robert Stone
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
NR     2003     0hr 56min

Nominated for an Academy Award(r) as well as the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Radio Bikini is a sensational, eye-opening film that gets to the bottom of one of the most terrifying tragedies of the nuclear age. Hailed by T...  more »


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Actors: Kilon Bauno, John Smitherman, Warren Austin, Bernard Baruch, W.H.P. Blandy
Director: Robert Stone
Creators: John Rayter, Robert Stone, Jonathan Weisgall, Kevin Rafferty, Shelby Stone
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, History, Military & War, Docurama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 12/30/2003
Original Release Date: 06/10/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 06/10/1988
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, Russian

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emma | East Coast | 01/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My Dad was on the USS Reclaimer - lucky to still be alive. Not many people realize what a controversial, scary event this was when it happened. People honestly thought the world was going to be destroyed and yet, hundreds of teenagers were exposed to massive amounts of radiation. As the video ends, you will be sitting there with your mouth hanging open. A must see."
emma | 01/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Best documentary I have ever seen. The ending leaves you speechless and in deep thought. Everyone should see this movie at least once. Should be required of all high school/college students."
Radio(active) Bikini
Found Highways | Las Vegas | 07/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

""I'm making a film. If you want to learn history, read a book." - - Robert StoneRobert Stone's Academy Award-nominated documentary, Radio Bikini, teaches history by presenting the story of the 1946 atomic bomb tests in the Marshall Islands using US government film. With hundreds of cameras recording the blasts in the Bikini Atoll, Operation Crossroads must have been the most extensively recorded event in history up to that time.The story of smiling sailors before the test (putting animals in cages to test anti-radiation substances, drinking 3-2 beer, playing volleyball) alternates with the reminiscences of a sailor who suffered horrendous effects after returning to the area of the blast.The chief of the island describes the day the Navy came and told him the United States needed to move his people and destroy their home. He'd never even seen a motion picture camera before that day. Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov spars with US representative Bernard Baruch at the United Nations about which country has more peaceful intentions for the atom. Protesters march against the Bikini tests. Stone's comment on film vs. history quoted above is misleading. He doesn't take the Jerry Bruckheimer approach to filmmaking (Blackhawk Down, Pearl Harbor) that dismisses historical accuracy in favor of an exciting story. He's just aware of the shortcomings of film to explain an historical event. (The interview with Stone included on the DVD is very interesting.)Radio Bikini proves that film can show the truth, even if it can't show the whole truth. The physical effects of the Bikini tests we see are real. Cameras don't have to (as they often do in the age of embedded reporters) lie by showing the exultation of soldiers after combat but turning away from the dead and scarred bodies of soldiers and civilians.(ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATION: If you're interested in how film has treated history, see the Spring 2004 issue of Cineaste. There's a forty-page supplement with comments by historians like Simon Schama and Eric Hobsbawm and historical filmmakers like John Sayles and Costa Gavras.)"
Radio Bikini
John Farr | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Director Stone vividly recounts a tragic chapter in our history too often overlooked, mingling color footage of the Bikini project with newsreel interviews. The result is as unsettling as any nuclear doomsday movie, where the United States is like a little boy playing with live ammunition. Scary but true."