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.
3 day rental • NR • 90 min.
"Tells the amazing story of Lamarr, the star and inventor."
— New York Times
“Critic's Pick! Very enjoyable... Ms. Dean relates Lamarr’s ventures, those onscreen and off, with savvy and narrative snap, fluidly marshaling a mix of original interviews and archival material that includes film clips, home movies and other footage.”
— New York Times
“A masterful portrait of a most complex character... Restores Lamarr’s rightful place in the history not only of film, but of science as well.”
“A thoroughly engaging, eye-opening showbiz doc!”
— Hollywood Reporter
“Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.”
“Superb... Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr’s lifetime, but in this marvelous documentary, a brilliant woman...finally gets her due.”
— Village Voice
“A thrilling account of Lamarr's adventures."
— Entertainment Weekly
“Completely absorbing and well-researched... so filled with new revelations about Lamarr’s extraordinary life and achievements.”
— Film Journal
“Moving and inspiring.”