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The Manhattan Project (1986)

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

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Government Aide
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Government Aide
Paul Austin ...
General
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Scientist
Curt Dempster ...
Scientist
Bran Ferren ...
Lab Assistant
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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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Storyline

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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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly Game  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,503,000, 13 June 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,900,000
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1.85 : 1
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Paul's science class nemesis Roland invented the Internet as his science fair project. This movie was made ten years before the Internet reached widespread public notoriety. See more »

Goofs

The specific details of the construction of the bomb and all its component parts are incorrect (obviously). 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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Pretentious Preachy Unwatchable
22 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Terrible waste of celluloid and John Lithgow's talent. Whinny arrogant self centered punk builds bomb to prove his own genius without considering monumental stupidity of act, then arms the bomb to get himself out of the jam he's put himself in, holding 10's of thousands of lives hostage, including his "loved" ones. Eventually, the situation is happily resovled, where he shows no remorse, and smuggly grins and quips at his own cleverness till the end credits.

Christopher Collet's character is totally unlikable, see him in First Born... same annoying attitude. Also about a kid who is incestuously fixated on his mother's relationship with her boyfriend.


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