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Day One (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 5 March 1989
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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James F. Byrnes
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President Harry S. Truman
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Gen. George Marshall
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Secretary of War Henry Stimson
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Dr. Arthur Compton
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Kitty Oppenheimer
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Edward Teller
Bernie McInerney
John Pielmeier ...
Seth
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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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Hume Cronyn, who plays James F. Byrnes in this film, previously played Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer in The Beginning or the End (1947). 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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[reacting to the Trinity test]
J. Robert Oppenheimer: You know the Bhagavad-Gita? "I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds."
Kenneth Bainbridge: Yeah. Now we're all sons of bitches.
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The Manhattan Project
2 December 2011 | by 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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