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. ... See full summary »

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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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5 March 1989 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the flight to Hiroshima, the footage alternates between a B-29 and a B-17. The B-17 engines are staggered on the wing from the fuselage, while the B-29 engines are straight on the wing. See more »

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[before the Trinity test, to Oppenheimer]
Gen. Leslie Groves: Robert - don't you ever worry the war will be over before the bomb is ready to drop?
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Excellent Historical Documentary
27 July 2006 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This is the best of the atomic-bomb movies, and unfortunately still only available in VHS. Dennehy's performance as General Groves and Strathairn (of Good Night and Good Luck) does an amazing job as Oppenheimer. The characterizations are not the usual Hollywood clichés of professional people and their behavior. Real scientists and generals do not stop to have melodramatic arguments with stilted language, as in "Fat Man and Little Boy".

It is also just an excellent job of portraying the history and science, but still remains a gripping human drama. We see the origins of the project in Europe, getting Einstein to write to the president, the issue of Soviet spies and Germany's failed efforts are described accurately, and the technical issues in building the bomb are accurate and interesting.


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