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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Is His Longest Movie, ‘It’s kissing three hours’

Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ is director’s ‘longest movie’, ‘slightly longer’ than Interstellar

By George Johnson May 21, 2023
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Is His Longest Movie, ‘It’s kissing three hours’
Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ Is His Longest Movie, ‘It’s kissing three hours’

Christopher Nolan has revealed it finally.

The "Oppenheimer" duration has now been addressed by Christopher Nolan, who told Total Film magazine that it is his longest film to date. By virtue of the director's confirmation, "Oppenheimer" at least exceeds 2 hours and 49 minutes in length.

That was the duration of "Interstellar," the longest film the director had ever made before "Oppenheimer." The "Oppenheimer" runtime was previously estimated at three hours, which Nolan stated is almost accurate.

“It’s slightly longer than the longest we’ve done,” Nolan said. “It’s kissing three hours.”

"Oppenheimer" is  Christopher Nolan's 'most ambiguous and paradoxical' movie

The theoretical physicist and "father of the atomic bomb" J. Robert Oppenheimer is portrayed in "Oppenheimer" by Nolan's longtime collaborator Cillian Murphy. 

As he begins the Manhattan Project and directs the development of the atomic bomb, Oppenheimer is followed in the movie.

“I think of any character I’ve dealt with, Oppenheimer is by far the most ambiguous and paradoxical,” Nolan told Total Film magazine. “Which, given that I’ve made three Batman films, is saying a lot.”

“The script was so emotional, and it reads like a thriller,” added Emily Blunt, who plays Katherine Oppenheimer, a biologist and the film's lead.

“It’s almost like he’s Trojan-Horsed a biopic into a thriller. It’s really pulse-racing, the whole thing. I was just completely arrested by the story, the portrait of this man, and, I guess, the trauma of a brain like that.”