Oppenheimer (movie)

2023 film by Christopher Nolan
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Oppenheimer is a 2023 epic biographical thriller movie written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It is based on the 2005 biography American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin. The movie is about the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist who helped create the first nuclear weapons as part of the Manhattan Project.

Directed byChristopher Nolan
Screenplay byChristopher Nolan
Based on
American Prometheus
Produced by
CinematographyHoyte van Hoytema
Edited byJennifer Lame
Music byLudwig Göransson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
  • July 11, 2023 (2023-07-11) (Le Grand Rex)
  • July 21, 2023 (2023-07-21) (United States and United Kingdom)
Running time
181 minutes[1]
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
Budget$100 million[2]
Box office$965 million[3][4]

It was released on July 21, 2023 to positive reviews.

With $965 million at the box office, Oppenheimer is the highest-grossing biographical movie of all time, beating Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).[5][6]

The movie has won multiple awards including five Golden Globe Awards and seven at the 77th British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film.[7] It is nominated for 13 categories at the 96th Academy Awards, which includes the Best Picture category.[8] At the 96th Academy Awards, Oppenheimer would win seven awards including Best Picture.[9]



Cillian Murphy plays Oppenheimer, with Emily Blunt as Oppenheimer's wife, Katherine "Kitty" Oppenheimer, Matt Damon as General Leslie Groves, Oppenheimer's military handler, Robert Downey Jr. as Lewis Strauss, a senior member of the United States Atomic Energy Commission, and Florence Pugh as psychiatrist and Oppenheimer's mistress Jean Tatlock. Other members of the supporting cast include Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Benny Safdie, Jason Clarke, Dylan Arnold, Gustaf Skarsgård, David Krumholtz, Matthew Modine and Tom Conti.



Oppenheimer premiered at Le Grand Rex in Paris on July 11, 2023, and was released in the United States and United Kingdom on July 21, by Universal Pictures. It is Nolan's first movie not to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures domestically or internationally since Memento (2000). The movie had strong positive reviews with a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.[10]

The movie was released on the same day as Barbie, a fantasy comedy movie directed by Greta Gerwig. Since the two movies have completely different tones and genres, many social media users have taken to making memes about how the two movies represent different audiences,[11] and how they should be seen as a double feature.[12] The trend has been called "Barbenheimer".[13]


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  5. Pulver, Andrew (September 18, 2023). "Oppenheimer overtakes Bohemian Rhapsody to become biggest biopic of all time". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on September 18, 2023. Retrieved September 19, 2023.
  6. McPherson, Chris (September 16, 2023). "'Oppenheimer' Will Surpass 'Bohemian Rhapsody' to Become Highest-Grossing Biopic Ever". Collider. Archived from the original on September 17, 2023. Retrieved September 17, 2023.
  7. Yossman, K. J.; Shafer, Ellise (February 18, 2024). "BAFTA Awards: 'Oppenheimer' and 'Poor Things' Win Big as 'Barbie' and 'Maestro' Are Shut Out — Full Winners List". Variety. Retrieved February 20, 2024.
  8. Ntim, Zac (January 18, 2024). "'Oppenheimer' & 'Poor Things' Lead 2024 BAFTA Nominations — The Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 27, 2024.
  9. Nordyke, Kimberly (March 10, 2024). "Oscars: Full List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 10, 2024.
  10. "Oppenheimer". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 13, 2024.
  11. Frank, Jason P. (July 19, 2023). "Barbenheimer Memes Are Blowing Up". Vulture. Retrieved August 5, 2023.
  12. Ankers-Range, Adele (June 30, 2023). "The Internet Embraces 'Barbenheimer' With Memes, Mashups, and More". IGN. Archived from the original on July 1, 2023. Retrieved July 1, 2023.
  13. Moses, Claire (June 28, 2023). "Mark Your Calendars: 'Barbenheimer' Is Coming". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 30, 2023. Retrieved July 2, 2023.

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