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The Manhattan Project (1986)

 -  Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  13 June 1986 (USA)
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A teen and his girlfriend make an atomic bomb with plutonium stolen from a scientist dating his mother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Mathewson
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Government
Robert Schenkkan ...
Government Aide
Paul Austin ...
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Scientist
Curt Dempster ...
Scientist
Bran Ferren ...
Lab Assistant
Christopher Collet ...
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Elizabeth Stephens
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Jenny Anderman
Gregg Edelman ...
Science Teacher
Abraham Unger ...
Roland (as Abe Unger)
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Max (as Robert Leonard)
David Quinn ...
Tennis
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Craig
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A teen and his girlfriend make an atomic bomb with plutonium stolen from a scientist dating his mother.

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Paul Stevens' high school science project has gotten a little out of hand. He just built an atomic bomb. Now he's got 11 hours to make sure it doesn't work. See more »

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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Game  »

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$3,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Early in the film Paul sees his mom is reading a book which she describes as just another novel. Later in the film when the helicopter arrives over the house, the camera shows the book is by Frederick Forsyth, and the title is "the fourth protocol", a fiction book which involves a compact nuclear weapon, which was also made into a film released in 1987. See more »

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Paul's mother is surprised when he gets up at 4:00 in the morning at the beginning of the movie. Later on, she tells Mathewson that Paul has been getting up this early - and earlier -regularly for years. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. John Matthewson: Now, the beta synchrotron sends the electrons through this magnet which bends the course of them down to the reaction vessel. Stay away from that elbow joint. All right. Bran, you want to get that? Now, this is a tunable excimer laser. It's tuned to the exact resonance of the plutonium-239 that's in the reaction vessel down at that end. Now, I think we're all set. Hit it.
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Plutonium Grade Movie
24 February 2000 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

Two important names in this film one is mega star John Lithgow & little known Christopher Collet. Both do a great job in a film that really is a thrill ride. John Lithgow has been in numerous films most of them big time films. Christopher Collet has been in about 10 films but this one being the most notable. Even by todays higher movie standards the film is still very watchable. It really is worth a look. The story is about a whiz kid that decides to build a nuclear weapon to win a New York science fair. He uses some very clever tactics to get some of the purest but most dangerous plutonium ever created. What happens when your walking around with a bomb capable of killing millions of people, well for one thing, everyone wants to stop you. So check out a fun weekend afternoon movie that is family friendly.


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