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
The story of the extraordinary people who changed our world.
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The character Michael Merriman (John Cusack
) was an amalgam of real life persons Louis Slotin and Harry K. Daghlian. Website Wikipedia states, according to Deborah J. Kunk in "'Fat Man' Brings Bomb Alive", that this character "is a fictional composite of several people and is put into the film to provide a moral compass as the 'common man'." 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
It's all about ass, isn't it? Either you kick it... or you lick it.
Dance of the Reed Flutes
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(as P. Tchaikovsky)
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