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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 overview, first billed only:
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John Mathewson
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Government
Robert Schenkkan ...
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Paul Austin ...
General
Adrian Sparks ...
Scientist
Curt Dempster ...
Scientist
Bran Ferren ...
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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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13 June 1986 (USA)  »

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Deadly Game  »

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$3,900,000 (USA)
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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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When Paul picks up the toy car with the Plutonium he is kneeling on his knees in the dirt. There was just a very heavy rain storm, yet his pants are dry around the knees when he stands up. 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 (Florida, USA) – 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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