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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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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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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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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)  »

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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

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

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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Referenced in Sneakers (1992) See more »

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Entertaining enough....BUT....
12 December 2007 | by (Scarsdale, New York) – See all my reviews

This film is entertaining enough, in fact it is quite exciting. However, in a real-life scenario, the end result would not and could not have had such a clichéd "Hollywood ending", so in that respect it sort of resembles a "fractured fairytale". The storyline is credible enough with a bit of imagination stretching, the acting is tolerable, only the irony is laid on a bit too thick. I found the attitude of the principal character to be much too cynical, unrealistic and extremely condescending, even for the likes of some precocious, science-savvy prodigy. Getting back to the entertainment value, the plot progresses expectedly only it thickens toward the direction of the surrealistic, though the basic concept is actually pretty frightening. However, the movie is watchable with its impressive cast; a young Cynthia Nixon, John Lithgow, Chris Collet et al. I have mixed feelings about this film, I did enjoy watching it, but when I began to rationalize it began to appear quite nonsensical. So, if you intend on watching it, simply keep your powers of logic and common sense subdued and it will remain an enjoyable experience.


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