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When will Oppenheimer come to streaming?

Christopher Nolan’s latest isn’t heading for Peacock anytime soon

J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), in brown suit and hat, holds a pipe and stands in a desert near a row of telephone poles in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon/Universal Pictures
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Christopher Nolan’s latest (and most grounded) blockbuster has arrived in theaters, and it’s staying there for quite a while. Oppenheimer has a long window of theatrical exclusivity, but it will make its way to streaming services eventually, even if you should probably try to see it on a big screen if you can.

While Oppenheimer doesn’t have an official streaming date yet, we do know how long it will remain in theaters, which gives us a good idea of when it might end up streaming.

When and where will Oppenheimer be streaming?

Oppenheimer getting a 100-day theatrical window was reportedly something director Christopher Nolan made an agreement with Universal about, which would mean this won’t come out on streaming until at least November. Of course, with the movie already performing well at the box office, and its special screenings — like the limited 70mm IMAX versions — already sold out well into August, it’s possible Oppenheimer could stay off streaming even longer.

Oppenheimer is a Universal movie, so it’s likely going to go through the studio’s own streaming service, Peacock. Universal also has an agreement that sends most Peacock movies to Amazon Prime Video a few months later, but we don’t know for sure if Oppenheimer will follow that particular path. We’ll keep this post updated as more news about Oppenheimer’s streaming destination emerges.

Is Oppenheimer accurate to real life?

For the most part, it’s extremely accurate. Plenty of real life conversations made their way directly to the screen, including the choice to remove Kyoto from the list of possible targets for the atom bomb, and Oppenheimer’s already oft-memed conversation with president Truman — although Truman’s pettiest and meanest comments didn’t make it into the movie since Oppenheimer wasn’t in the room to hear them.

Of course, Nolan did take some liberties, and there are quite a few facts we don’t know enough to talk about one way or the other. Like, did Jean Tatlock really make him read Sanskrit when they were having sex, and is that really how his famous quote from the Bhagavad Gita popped in his head during the test? Who knows, but it makes for a great scene, at least.

We can all rest easy knowing one piece of historical accuracy: Richard Feynman (played by Jack Quaid in the movie) did indeed play the hell out of the bongos.

When will Oppenheimer be available to rent?

Oppenheimer’s extra-long theatrical agreement might extend all the way to the VOD release of the movie, so it’s possible this one could be limited to a November release too. Either way, expect the movie to be rentable for at least a few weeks ahead of its Peacock release date.

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