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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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Near the first of the film, where General Groves is observing some of the chemistry and physics put on the blackboard by Dr. Vincent (played by Fritz Buchinger), an error is shown with Vincent making several entries, two to be culminating: ten to the 23rd power, only supposedly Vincent makes an error and shows in the second equation put up in rapid succession, "10 to the 24th." This was done seemingly by the filmmakers so General Groves could then point out that he had been following the mathematics and as a show of his prowess, he announces that he did not see "How in the second equation the formula shows ten to the 24th." This then permits his speech about having ten years of postgraduate education which he believes is equivalent to two PhD's. The mathematical equation Dr. Vincent is citing is the factor of Avogadro's Law relating to the mass of a gas which is 6.023 X 10 to the 23rd. This is a factor taught in Chemistry 101. 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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