At Three Hours, ‘Oppenheimer’ Will Be Christopher Nolan’s Longest-Ever Film
— Updated on 9 May 2023

At Three Hours, ‘Oppenheimer’ Will Be Christopher Nolan’s Longest-Ever Film

— Updated on 9 May 2023
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

Buckle up, because the Oppenheimer runtime won’t be a short one.

According to Puck News, the forthcoming war epic starring Cillian Murphy as the Father of the Atomic Bomb – and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin – currently has a duration of approximately three hours. So hydrate within reason and plan those bathroom breaks strategically.

How does Oppenheimer stack up against the runtimes of Nolan’s other flicks? Check out the numbers for yourself below.

  • Interstellar (2014): 2 hours 49 minutes
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012): 2 hours 44 minutes
  • The Dark Knight (2008): 2 hours 32 minutes
  • Tenet (2020): 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Inception (2010): 2 hours 28 minutes
  • Batman Begins (2005): 2 hours 20 minutes
  • The Prestige (2006): 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Insomnia (2002): 1 hour 58 minutes
  • Memento (1999): 1 hour 53 minutes
  • Dunkirk (2017): 1 hour 46 minutes
  • Following (1998): 1 hour 9 minutes

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This revelation comes to light following the rumours surrounding a nine-hour cut of James Cameron’s Avatar 3 supposedly hitting Disney+ in the form of a miniseries. Incidentally, prior to the release of Avatar: The Way of Water, the director had anticipated the audience’s grievances with its three-hour-plus runtime.

“I don’t want anybody whining about length when they sit and binge-watch [television] for eight hours,” James Cameron told Empire Magazine.

“I can almost write this part of the review. ‘The agonisingly long three-hour movie…’ It’s like, give me a fucking break. I’ve watched my kids sit and do five one-hour episodes in a row.”

Oppenheimer Runtime: Christopher Nolan's Longest-Ever Film?

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“Here’s the big social paradigm shift that has to happen: it’s okay to get up and go pee.”

Cillian Murphy is joined onscreen by an all-star lineup featuring Emily Blunt as his onscreen wife Katherine “Kitty” Oppenheimer, Robert Downey Jr as businessman/naval officer Lewis Strauss, Matt Damon as Lieutenant General Leslie Groves, Florence Pugh as psychiatrist/physician Jean Tatlock, Benny Safdie as physicist Edward Teller, and Josh Hartnett as nuclear scientist Ernest Lawrence.

Rami Malek, Dane DeHaan, Jack Quaid, Matthew Modine, Alden Ehrenreich, Gary Oldman, Casey Affleck, Jason Clarke, plus David Krumholtz are also set to make an appearance. Like we’ve said before, this cast is certifiably stacked (and solely rivalled by Greta Gerwig’s Barbie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling).

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer starring Cillian Murphy is scheduled for release on July 21st of 2023 – the annual slot typically saved for a Nolan flick; roughly two weeks before the anniversary of Hiroshima.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]