5 Iconic Movies and TV Shows That Used Oppenheimer Quote Before Cillian Murphy

Here are 5 movies and TV shows that did the Oppenheimer quote before the 2023 blockbuster.

5 Iconic Movies and TV Shows That Used Oppenheimer Quote Before Cillian Murphy

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  • Cillian Murphy impressed the audience by reciting the iconic line from Bhagavad-Gita in 2023's Oppenheimer.
  • The "I am become Death" line from the Hindu Scripture was a major part of the life of the Father of the Atomic Bomb.
  • But there are 5 movies and TV shows that used it even before Cillian Murphy.
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One of the most iconic sequences from Oppenheimer was when the Father of the Atomic Bomb witnesses the Trinity Test in New Mexico and quotes the famous lines from the Bhagavad Gita. It is a recreation of one of the monumental moments that shaped J. Robert Oppenheimer’s life. However, it was not only the only time, the quote has been shown on visual media.

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Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer
Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer

The iconic line- “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds” was heard 5 times before in some famous movies and TV shows. The line is a paraphrase of what Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu told in the 11th chapter and 32nd verse of the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita. Here we present to you the 5 movies and TV shows that did it before Cillian Murphy‘s 2023 blockbuster.

1. The 100- Eliza Taylor

Eliza Taylor in The 100
Eliza Taylor in The 100

The popular quote by Oppenheimer was seen (via The Vedic Version in the Movies) in the CW post-apocalyptic series The 100. The 10th episode of the first season featured Eliza Taylor’s character Clarke Griffin quoting the Father of Atomic Bomb to Bob Morley’s Bellamy Blake. Even the name of the episode “I Am Become Death” was an ode to the iconic line.

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2. The Hunt for Red October– Peter Firth

The Hunt for Red October
The Hunt for Red October

Before Cillian Murphy, Peter Firth graced the popular quote as well in the critically acclaimed Sean Connery movie. The 1982 movie featured a scene (via The Vedic Version in the Movies) where the Political Officer Ivan Putin reads the iconic lines from the Bhagavad Gita from a diary belonging to Sean Connery’s Captain Ramius. Oppenheimer is referred to in the movie as an American who invented the Atomic Bomb and was accused of being a communist.

3. Ex Machina- Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina
Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac in Ex Machina

The quote appeared in the critically acclaimed 2014 sci-fi thriller. In the movie (via The Vedic Version in the Movies) when Domhnall Gleeson’s Caleb Smith is seen conversing with Oscar Isaac’s Nathan Bateman in a sequence, he could be heard quoting the iconic lines. Later in the movie, Issac’s character boasted of a clearer understanding of Oppenheimer’s quotes when he recited another popular poem from the Holy Book that was translated by the American Prometheus.

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4. Fringe- John Noble

Fringe
Fringe

Despite starting cold, the Fringe went on to be one of the most celebrated shows in the sci-fi genre. The series focused on a special division of the FBI that investigated unexplainable occurrences surrounding complex elements like a parallel universe. In the 20th episode of the third season titled 6:02 AM EST, John Noble’s lead character Dr. Walter Bishop can be heard saying the line to Peter Bishop.

5. Pretty Little Liars- Troian Bellisario

Troian Bellisario in Pretty Little Liars
Troian Bellisario in Pretty Little Liars

Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 18 featured a scene where one of the show’s leads Troian Bellisario mentions the quote. However, unlike every other movie or TV show that mentioned Oppenheimer, this mystery series was quite direct and attached it with Vishnu, the authentic source of the quote.

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It is to be noted that all the movies or TV shows that used the quote are connected by a common thread of mysterious or sci-fi elements. It will be interesting to see if it finds a place in some other projects in the future as well.

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Subham Mandal is currently working as a content writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. He has written more than 1000 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.