MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,314 this week

The Beginning or the End (1947)

6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 301 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 3 critic

The research, development, and deployment of the first atomic bomb, as well as the bombing of Hiroshima, are detailed in this docudrama.

Director:

Writers:

(story),
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 12 titles
created 10 Apr 2012
 
a list of 848 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
a list of 10 titles
created 23 Sep 2013
 
a list of 6727 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
 
a list of 5639 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Beginning or the End (1947)

The Beginning or the End (1947) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Beginning or the End.

User Polls

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Day One (TV Movie 1989)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Audrey Ames, an enterprising journalist, tries to get the scoop on giant grasshoppers accidentally created at the Illinois State experimental farm. She endeavors to save Chicago, despite a ... See full summary »

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Morris Ankrum
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore
My Son John (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The Jeffersons are the ideal picture-perfect all-American family of the McCarthy era, except that "son John" is gay, an atheist, and a liberal. The parents obviously suspect he's a Communist spy.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Robert Walker, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A cattle baron takes in an orphaned boy and raises him, causing his own son to resent the boy. As they get older the resentment festers into hatred, and eventually the real son frames his ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Robert Walker, Joanne Dru
Hiroshima (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The grisly events leading to the first attack with a nuclear weapon.

Directors: Koreyoshi Kurahara, Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Lynne Adams, Wesley Addy, Allen Altman
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war. Relates the hardships the men endure while in captivity, and their final humiliation: ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, Farley Granger
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Compton Bennett
Stars: Phyllis Calvert, Melvyn Douglas, Wanda Hendrix
Song of Love (1947)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Composer Robert Schumann struggles to compose his symphonies while his loving wife Clara offers her support. Also helping the Schumanns is their lifelong friend, composer Johannes Brahms.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Robert Walker
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While waiting in New York City to ship out to Europe, a sailor stops by a serviceman's canteen and meets a USO hostess. They immediately fall for each other and get married that night. ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Whorf
Stars: Robert Walker, June Allyson, Hume Cronyn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bellboy at a swanky New York hotel starts to ignore his girlfriend after meeting a beautiful European princess.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Robert Walker, June Allyson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Alison Kirbe of London, receives a telegram from Texas, that she has inherited a livestock ranch. It is plastered throughout the London newspapers that Alison has become a rich heiress, and... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Mark Stevens
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Tom Drake ...
Matt Cochran
Beverly Tyler ...
Anne Cochran
Audrey Totter ...
Jean O'Leary
...
Hurd Hatfield ...
Dr. John Wyatt
...
Godfrey Tearle ...
Victor Francen ...
Dr. Marre
...
Dr. Chisholm
Jonathan Hale ...
...
K.T. Keller
Henry O'Neill ...
Gen. Thomas F. Farrell
Warner Anderson ...
Capt. William S. Parsons
Edit

Storyline

Docudrama on the development of the first atomic bomb. Told from the perspective of a film recovered from a time capsule several hundred years into the future, the story is narrated by Robert Oppenheimer (Hume Cronyn) and Major General Leslie Groves (Brian Donlevy) beginning with the Nazis stated goal of developing an atomic bomb. Along with Britain and Canada, the U.S. reacts by beginning its own atomic program. The major developments are all presented: Fermi's successful atomic chain reaction; building the huge complex at Oak Ridge, Tenn.; the production of the first supply of plutonium; the testing in the Nevada desert; and finally the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 February 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alku vai loppu  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Guy Williams's first movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped (1995) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
bombs away
18 May 2008 | by (Pinemar, Argentina) – See all my reviews

The idea for this film was brought to the studio(MGM) by Donna Reed, whose high school science teacher had written to her about the secret WW11atomic bomb research project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Later, Donna and her husband, Tony Owen, received a $50,000 finders fee for this contribution. Always a contentious project, cooperation came from the army, including General Groves, manager of the Manhattan Project and from top scientists including J. Robert Oppenheimer, at Berkeley, and Albert Einstein, at Princeton. President Truman knew about the film and met with the producer. The script went through a lengthy development with columnist/screenwriter Bob Considine, and Clark Gable was originally in mind for the Robert Walker part. The Tom Drake scene, scattering a "going-critical mass" with his unprotected hand, is based on an actual incident, and the scientist who did it at the Chicago research lab (and possibly saved a good section of the city), died as a result.

Not successful at the box office, the studio rationalized the picture was too soon after the war and too realistic: audiences were not able to assimilate a story about nuclear energy in the late '40s, they were terrified of the bomb, of radiation fallout; pictures of Hiroshima were still in the news..

The film walks a fine line between fact and fiction (it received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary), but how effective was softening a docu-drama with a fictionalized love story?. The atomic "pile" was constructed on a sound stage, and the shots of the B-29 formation seem an appropriate metaphor for the film's subtext, the power of the nascent military/industrial relationship... moving forcefully ahead into the unknown.


16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where is it? forbesfour
Great Dramatic License for Understandable Reasons dannieboy20906
Discuss The Beginning or the End (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?