Reviews and Festivals
"HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The film is brimming with vintage film footage, news casts, and so forth that give some context to Garwin's comments. These alone would make it worth watching. The overall video and editing quality is very high."
— Science Books & Films
“Garwin is arguably the most important individual defense consultant of the past half-century. The film clips certainly put us in mind of the dramatic national events in which Garwin was an active participant — supplying a steady supply of calm and informed advice to presidents from Eisenhower onward — and not just as a passive witness.”
— Physics Today
“A unique film, showing science as it really is, not a high-faluting speculation but a construction project, constantly struggling to get the details right, Garwin's passion is technical accuracy. His mission is to use technical facts to demolish political illusions. The film shows how one guy with a backpack can beat an army of bureaucrats with brief cases, if the guy's name happens to be Garwin."
— Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; Enrico Fermi Award honoree
is an excellent introduction to the life and scientific accomplishments of one of America’s treasures. The film artfully captures the essence of the man I have known for over 30 years and made me realize how little I know of his extraordinary scientific accomplishments.”
— Michael Gregg, Professor Emeritus, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
shows how a brilliant, but seemingly ordinary looking man, has accomplished extraordinary things. This film is worth seeing for the powerful and nuanced message it conveys about what one person can achieve and for inspiring the next generation to devote their skills to make the world a safer and more secure place to live.”
— Charles D. Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists
“Captures the achievements and personality of a physicist of exceptional skill who was deeply involved in historical decisions about atomic weapons and the cold war. It takes the viewer into an insider’s world of science and policy.”
— Prof. Alan Middleton, Chair, Department of Physics, Syracuse University
Chronicles the life and work of physicist Dr. Richard Garwin. The film spans his involvement with the hydrogen bomb, the JASON advisory group, the Vietnam War and in advising abroad."
— Educational Media Reviews Online