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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
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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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The switch is set... The clock has started... Time's running out! 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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

John Lithgow was also in "The Day After", in which he has to deal with the aftermath of a nuclear bomb. See more »

Goofs

Plutonium must be alloyed with another metal (usually gallium) in order to prevent forming allotropes which cause it to crack while cooling. Cracks in the pit would have significant impact in the weapon, and could result in a fizzle (non-nuclear explosion.) 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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