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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

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Alexandra Dean

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About the Movie

What do the most ravishingly beautiful actress of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor whose concepts were the basis of cell phone and bluetooth technology have in common? They are both Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon whose ravishing visage was the inspiration for Snow White and Cat Woman and a technological trailblazer who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during WWII. Weaving interviews and clips with never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life—from her beginnings as an Austrian Jewish emigre, to her scandalous nude scene in the 1933 film Ecstasy, to her glittering Hollywood life, to her ground-breaking, but completely uncredited inventions, to her latter years when she became a recluse, impoverished and almost forgotten—BOMBSHELL: THE HEDY LAMARR STORY brings to light the story of an unusual and accomplished woman, spurned as too beautiful to be smart, but a role model to this day.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 80
  • Fresh: 77
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Nov 24, 2017

Fresh: An entertaining documentary, though its thesis isn't entirely convincing. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Nov 30, 2017

Fresh: What makes "Bombshell" intriguing is not just Lamarr's gift for invention, it's also what a fiery individualist she was, someone who had no regrets about her eventful life ("You learn from everything"), not even its racy, tabloid elements. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Dec 7, 2017

Fresh: It fascinates both as film history and as a sobering reminder of how little credit a woman like Lamarr received, even at the peak of her popularity. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jan 19, 2018

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Customer Reviews

Hedy Lamarr?

Rock Ridge, Rock Ridge.... Hedy? That's Hedley, you twit!

What a remarkable life!

A gorgeous woman with brains? Unfortunately, an oxymoron in those be honest, still is. Never in a million years would I have guessed Ms. Lamarr would emerge as one of the greatest inventors of her time. Her beauty was her curse, and sadly, she drank the kook-aid. I wish she would've accepted her againg as a gift, allowing the rest of the world to see what laid beneath her looks. Nevertheless, this is a great tribute to a classic beauty with a beautiful mind who deserves a place in our history books.


Great movie and even better woman! I didn’t know if her before this and I’m so happy I watched! I def recommend!

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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