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24 07 2010
Madelyn Hoffman

Just came back from the premiere showing of Countdown to Zero at the AMC Theater in Times Square, Manhattan. Between the AMC Theater and the Angelika, almost 30 New Jersey folks traveled in to NYC to view the movie. I have very strong opinions about what I saw, but I’d rather hear reactions to the movie from everyone who attended. My question to you is: Should we try to get local New Jersey theaters to show this movie? Looking forward to your responses!

27 07 2010
Dave Muyskens

We had some time to discuss the movie as we were walking to the train station, but I might add a few more comments. I thought the movie was long on citing the dangers, and short on the need to move to zero nuclear weapons and how to get there. It is good, of course, to cite the dangers, the ease by which terrorist groups could obtain bomb material, the threat of nuclear proliferation with new nations becoming nuclear powers prompting other nations to want the same, the possibility of fatal mistakes. Most Americans are not even aware of the immanent threat. But the focus, I think, could be more on the positive, what is being done to control proliferation, and steps that can realistically be taken to eliminate all nuclear weapons. It is good that even hawks like Reagan are shown to be in favor of moving to the zero level, but there are many, many more statesmen and world leaders who feel strongly the same way and who could be quoted. I think technically the movie is every good., using up to date methods of commincation. There was quite a lot of redundancy about the threat that these weapons impose (how many people would die from a nuclear attack the amount of enriched plutonium in Russia that could be stolen), but there was also a lot of useful information about how quickly the weapons could be launched and how short a time any attacked nation could respond. I think, over all, the movie was helpful and we ought to try to bring it to public theaters in our area, maybe with some additional considerations to be made available to viewers.

Peace,

Dave Muyskens
Chair of the August 9th Saving Lives Task Force

P.S. Thanks for publicizing the showing of the movie and getting so many people to attend..

27 07 2010
Judith Arnold

I saw the film at the Angelika. It was totally different from what I expected. It was very History Channel-esque up to the last few minutes. I learned a lot from it (including that Robert Oppenheimer was really creepy). Those last minutes where the interviewer asked if we should continue to have nuclear weapons really blew me away!

I’d really like to see it playing in NJ. My favorite independent theater is the Roberts in Chatham. It’s small and they tend to play films that aren’t in the large theaters. I’m sure there must be other places like that.

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