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Why did Robert’s face suddenly become sad?

Upon entering the room, Richard and Bush see Robert and Lawrence, who are already debating the unionization of professors, similar to teachers: ROBERT: Richard. Dr. Bush. What brings you two up north?...
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What does "it breaks" refer to?

One evening, Oppenheimer and his team reach a ranch by horse. They stop at one point and dismount: Oppenheimer: This'll do. It'll break before dawn. Air cools overnight, just before dawn, it breaks. ...
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Does the movie depict Oppenheimer quoting, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds"?

There's a common misconception that after seeing atomic bombs tested, Robert Oppenheimer quoted the following passage from a Hindu epic poem, the Bhagavad Gita: Now I am become Death, the destroyer ...
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Why did Jean say the word "Unexpected"?

Jean suddenly stops having sex with Oppenheimer, gets out of bed, and stands naked before a shelf: Oppenheimer: Wait, wait, wait. JEAN: Unexpected. Oppenheimer: What? Jean: For a physicist. Even ...
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Does it mean that Robert is correcting Isador Rabi when he says ‘Canyons of New Mexico’?

After his lecture, Heisenberg meets Rabi and Oppenheimer. Robert reveals his intent to return to America to address the lack of serious attention towards quantum mechanics, which is his primary reason ...
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Why did Oppenheimer toss his glasses onto the corner of the wall?

In a chemistry lab, Oppenheimer is advised by Niels Bohr to go to Germany to learn from Max Born. The scene then changes into a montage style with a series of scenes set to classical music playing in ...
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Why did Oppenheimer say "Wormhole" in this scene?

In the chemistry lab,Patrick Blackett and Niels Bohr are standing across a table from each other, while Bohr is advising Oppenheimer: Bohr: Get to Germany, study under Max Born. Learn the ways of ...
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Is the "quantum world" dialogue between Oppenheimer and Einstein based on a real quote?

Did Einstein ever say, "And here we are, lost in your quantum world of probabilities, but needing certainty," to Oppenheimer and if so, where could such a quote be found?
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"They don’t speak it so much my side of the park." Which park? Which side is which?

There's the following dialogue in Oppenheimer between the title character and Isidor Isaac Rabi when they meet on a train after Rabi attended Oppenheimer's lecture earlier: RABI: We’re a couple of ...
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"And lastly Golden Globes journalists; thanks for changing your game therefore changing your name."

At the end of Robert Downey Jr.'s acceptance speech for the Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in Oppenheimer (2023) he says: And lastly Golden Globes journalists; thanks for changing your ...
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Why does Oppenheimer appear naked in this scene?

Oppenheimer is being cross-examined and suddenly there's a noticeable change in his attire, transitioning from being naked to wearing a coat and back again. This shift seems abrupt and potentially ...
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Explaining the delayed sound in the Oppenheimer bomb test scene

In the film depicting the testing of Oppenheimer's bomb, there's a notable scene where the sound appears to come in late, creating an unusual effect. This choice seems intentional, but I'm curious ...
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What Oppenheimer means by "Not in person, no, but uh, you might say, our paths crossed."?

After about 16 minutes into the film Oppenheimer, there is the following exchange in one of the security clearance hearing scenes: GRAY: Did you ever encounter Heisenberg again? OPPENHEIMER: Not in ...
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How did Christopher Nolan's use of IMAX contribute to the storytelling in 'Oppenheimer'?

In Christopher Nolan's film "Oppenheimer," there is extensive use of IMAX technology. I'm curious to know: What were the reasons Nolan used IMAX so frequently in this movie? And how does ...
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Role and Impact of Einstein's Character in 'Oppenheimer'?

I recently watched Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer and found Albert Einstein's character intriguing, especially in his interactions with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Can anyone explain what was the overall ...
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The Emotional Complexity in the 'Oppenheimer' Atomic Bomb Test Scene

In the film "Oppenheimer", there's a powerful scene following the Trinity atomic bomb test where the crowd's reaction is a mix of applause and tears. I noticed ...
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What aspect ratios are used in Oppenheimer?

Oppenheimer is a relatively unusual modern movie having been shot on large format Imax film (most current productions are digital). This has some implications for how audiences get to see the movie as ...
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What's a security clearance and why does it matter so much?

In the movie Oppenheimer, we repeatedly hear the term security clearance. I have never heard of that concept before. Even Google search doesn't satisfy me because I can't find why it's so important.
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What did Bohr mean when he asked Oppenheimer "Can you hear the music"?

When Bohr first meets Oppenheimer, he tells him algebra is more than just reading but about hearing the music. What did he mean by that?
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Was the release of "Barbie" intentionally coordinated to be on the same day as "Oppenheimer"?

Both "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer" were release on July 21st, 2023. Was this a pure coincidence or was this intentional for marketing purposes?
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Did Christopher Nolan intend to imply a conspiracy?

In the closing moments of Oppenheimer, Lewis Strauss is told that a notable dissenter to his appointment is a young Senator John F Kennedy. As this happens in the closing moments of the film, and is ...
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How did David Hill know about his accusations against Lewis Strauss?

In the movie Oppenheimer, we see that the whole case of Oppenheimer (played by Cillian Murphy) vs Lewis Strauss (Robert Downey) gets the final verdict based on David Hill's (Rami Malek) allegations/...
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Why are scenes featuring Robert Downey Jr. depicted in black and white, while Cillian Murphy's scenes are shown in vibrant colors?

In the movie "Oppenheimer," initially the Robert Downey Jr. appears in scenes that are presented in the traditional black and white format, while Cillian Murphy appears in scenes that are ...
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