America: From Hitler to M-X (1983)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Military & War  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this documentary, various government officials including Herbert Scoville, Jr., Daniel Ellsberg, an ex-deputy director of the CIA, former Defense Department officials, labor union leaders, and others express their views on the urgency of nuclear disarmament at a time when nuclear arms were increasing in the world. Two of the main points of the documentary are that there already are enough weapons to blow up the planet, why build more; and there is no such thing as a "limited" nuclear war. In a look at the past, newspaper articles are highlighted that accuse certain corporations of trafficking with the enemy in World War II: for example, Pratt-Whitney built German reconnaissance planes. In order to bring the horror of nuclear war home to the viewing public, the documentary also shows the after-effects of a nuclear blast and was one of very few voices raised against the powerful supporters of nuclear "preparedness" at this time.

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disarmament, nuclear, war