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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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19 February 1947 (USA)  »

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Alku vai loppu  »

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 1 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Wednesday 1 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by New York City Saturday 19 October 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 12 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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The view from the cockpit of the Enola Gay about to take off shows the plane "The Great Artiste" in the background, even though it had already taken off just moments before. See more »

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Spin-off Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) See more »

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Excellent movie
11 April 2001 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

It has been about 25 years since I last saw the movie, but I throughly enjoyed it, and wanted to see it again. I thought is was a well done docu-drama. It may have some Hollywood in it, but I thought it was a reasonably accurate account on the development of the A-bomb. I hope that some day it will be printed for home viewing.


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