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A global cinematic phenomenon, Christopher Nolan’s record-shattering epic thriller, Oppenheimer, propels audiences into the paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in order to save it.

With America locked in a devastating war, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy) becomes the central figure in a pulse-pounding race against the Nazis to develop the first atomic bomb. Written for the screen and directed by Christopher Nolan, the film also stars Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt as his wife, biologist and botanist Kitty Oppenheimer. Oscar® winner Matt Damon portrays Leslie Groves, director of the Manhattan Project, and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey, Jr. plays Lewis Strauss, a founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.

Academy Award® nominee Florence Pugh plays psychiatrist Jean Tatlock; Josh Hartnett plays pioneering American nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence; Oscar® winner Casey Affleck plays Boris Pash, chief of Army counterintelligence at the Presidio in San Francisco; Oscar® winner Rami Malek plays David Hill, an associate experimental physicist; and Oscar® winning filmmaker and actor Kenneth Branagh plays Nobel Prize winning physicist Niels Bohr.

The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and the late Martin J. Sherwin. The film is produced by Oscar® nominee Emma Thomas p.g.a., for Atlas Entertainment by Oscar® nominee Charles Roven p.g.a., and Christopher Nolan p.g.a.

Oppenheimer is filmed in a combination of IMAX® 65mm and 65mm large-format film photography including, for the first time ever, sections in IMAX® black and white analogue photography.

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The films of Christopher Nolan have pushed the limits of cinematic storytelling to tell epic stories about unlikely heroes and audacious schemes that examine the necessity, morality, and hubris of ambitious endeavor. Each of his movies has been made with a delighted passion for the techniques of classic moviemaking while also expanding the boundaries of new tools, most notably IMAX® cameras, to reimagine the art of cinema itself.
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In Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan brings to screen his most ambitious and urgent movie yet, a sweeping, epic thriller that delves deep into the psyche of a singular American mind: J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant scientist behind the world-shattering invention that represented the total sum of human ingenuity, an invention that would remake civilization, even as its very existence threatened the future of mankind.

“What I wanted to do was take the audience into the mind and the experience of a person who sat at the absolute center of the largest shift in history,” says Christopher Nolan. “Like it or not, J. Robert Oppenheimer is the most important person who ever lived. He made the world we live in, for better or for worse. And his story must be seen to be believed.”

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