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Based on true events surrounding the creation of the atomic bomb, this drama follows the complicated relationship between physicist Leo Szilard, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves. Assigned to oversee the project, Groves chooses Oppenheimer to build the historic bomb. But, when World War II inspires the government to use the weapon, Szilard reconsiders his opinions about atomic warfare. Written by Jwelch5742

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At the time this film was made, Michael Tucker and Richard Dysart were well-known for their roles in L.A. Law (1986). See more »

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A recording was being listened to of Dr. Leo Szilard in Chicago at Los Alamos by General Groves. The wide plastic reels are reel-to-reel audio. Tape recordings were a product of BASF and other wartime German developers but tapes and did not exist prior to the technology being brought here as captured alien property in 1946. Prior to this in the United States, technology was so far behind, recordings were made on wire or the usual acetate disk. See more »

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[after an experiment proving the feasibility of a chain reaction in uranium]
Leo Szilard: The world is headed for trouble. The world is headed for grief.
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The Manhattan Project
2 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very good film on the Manhattan Project, the building of the atomic bomb. It is especially a faithful adaptation of the book, DAY ONE, by Peter Wyden. Other reviews here have done a good job of description--I will add that it is far superior to the Paul Newman film on the same topic: FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY.

In addition, this film is a good teaching tool. I used to show clips from the movie to my U.S. History classes, particularly the latter portion of the film where multiple viewpoints are given of the reasons for and against the dropping of the bomb, whether or not it was necessary, and what would be the moral consequences if such a weapon was used. These viewpoints, from the military and civilian leaders in Washington and at Los Alamos, are not conjured up from the mind of some scriptwriter--they are historically accurate.


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