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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Mathewson
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Government
Robert Schenkkan ...
Government Aide
Paul Austin ...
General
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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
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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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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)  »

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Deadly Game  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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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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As the townsfolk drive to the lab at the end of the movie, as the guy on the scooter heads offroad, his scooter becomes a dirtbike. 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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This review gives praise to an overlooked but deserving film.
11 March 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

THE MANHATTAN PROJECT is a seriously underrated film. It's categorized and advertised as a "comedy," but in fact it's more accurately categorized as a dramatic thriller with light elements. The problem is that anyone expecting to see a comedy will be disappointed because the film is not as funny as a "comedy" needs to be. That, I believe, is why it was not as popular at the box office as it deserved to be. However, the film is an extremely smart dramatic thriller, and anyone screening it with that expectation -- and knowing its main characters are extremely bright high school kids -- will not be disappointed. THE MANHATTAN PROJECT is not a perfect film, but it is an excellent one.


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