In real life, Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific head of the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built. General Leslie Groves was in overall command of it. This film reenacts the project with an emphasis on their relationship. Written by
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"The Manhattan Project", as defined by website Wikipedia, "...was a research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs during World War II. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves
of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers [played in the film by Paul Newman
]; physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer
[portrayed in the movie by Dwight Schultz
] was the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory that designed the actual bombs". See more
The telegram to Oppenheimer states that Dr. Jean Tatlock committed suicide 5 January 1945. She actually committed suicide a year earlier, in January 1944. See more
Gen. Leslie R. Groves
I want three stories. The first, if we succeed. The second, if we fail. The third, if we disintegrate.
Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.163
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
By Paul Dukas
Performed by The Vienna Symphony
Edouard Van Remoortel, Conductor
Courtesy of The Moss Music Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more