Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)


Critic Consensus: Inspiring and tragic, Bombshell is a bittersweet celebration and reclamation of Hedy Lemarr's journey from Hollywood legend to technology genius.


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When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during World War II, Hollywood movie star, Hedy Lamarr, decides to exact revenge. At night, after shooting her scenes on set, she works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo Nazi U-Boats with deadly accuracy. Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology. The secret communication system she creates is groundbreaking and eventually changes the course of history. It would make a terrific fictional film, but this story happens to be true. Hedy Lamarr, the screen siren who was called "the most beautiful woman in the world" and starred alongside Hollywood giants like Spencer Tracy, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, invented a wireless form of communication called "frequency hopping" that revolutionized mobile communications all over the world, a feat that would directly lead to the creation of secure communications for wireless phones, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi technology itself

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (16)

It's a reminder that, even for world-famous icons, it's pointless to reduce people to a single piece of notoriety.

May 21, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Lamarr was an enigma: a great brain trapped in a silly, spurious image of glamour, while her real talent was allowed to wither. A sad but fascinating story.

Mar 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The movie reveals and demonstrates over and over that Lamarr was a fascinating and brilliant person, a true eccentric with considerable will and personal courage.

Mar 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A Google animator puts the mystery of Hedy Lamarr best: 'She's a perfect underdog, crime-fighter-by-night story.' Here she is, unmasked at last.

Mar 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An entertaining, and at times heartbreaking and infuriating, film.

Mar 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately stands as a tragedy of what might have been and never came to be, for both its subject and for us.

Mar 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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