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The Beginning or the End (1947)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 19 February 1947 (USA)
The research, development, and deployment of the first atomic bomb, as well as the bombing of Hiroshima, are detailed in this docudrama.

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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

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Trivia

Agnes Moorehead filmed a bit as a German scientist, but it was cut when the producers couldn't get a clearance from the actual scientist. See more »

Goofs

The B-29 shown as the Enola Gay taxiing before takeoff has, incorrectly, it's defensive armament of machine guns. The B-29 as the Enola Gay shown taking off and flying the rest of the mission correctly does not. See more »

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Referenced in Forecast (1945) See more »

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I remember mud and dirt and Robert Walker!
12 August 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I was very young when I saw this film but I remember the drama of it and the dirt and mud in the scenes where I think they were constructing what I now know to be the Los Alamos site. There was a scene where Tom Drake became exposed to the radiation by catching some equipment and saving many lives which described radiation sickness as "I feel dizzy, etc." I understood that very well. I also fell in love with Robert Walker! I do not remember anything about actual bombing, etc. I think I was too interested in the personal side of the story. This is an historic movie because it was one of the very first about the bomb. I wish it were available anyplace?


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