MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 932 this week

Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 4,622 users  
Reviews: 42 user | 20 critic

This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 02 Feb 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 09 Mar 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 01 Sep 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 01 Oct 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fat Man and Little Boy.
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
Downfall (2004)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck
Lincoln (2012)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
Kundun (1997)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
Sergeant York (1941)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

True story of a hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut
Cromwell (1970)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley
Braveheart (1995)
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, a commoner begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron fist.

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A flamboyant and controversial British military figure and his conflicted loyalties during his World War I service in the Middle East.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn
Glory (1989)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Kathleen Robinson
Ron Frazier ...
Peter de Silva
...
Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD
...
Ron Vawter ...
Jamie Latrobe
Michael Brockman ...
William 'Deke' Parsons
Del Close ...
Dr. Kenneth Whiteside
...
Robert Tuckson
...
Franz Goethe (as Alan Corduner)
Joe D'Angerio ...
Seth Neddermeyer (as Joseph D'Angerio)
Jon DeVries ...
Johnny Mount (as Jon De Vries)
Edit

Storyline

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 Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The story of the extraordinary people who changed our world.


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fat Man and Little Boy  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$3,563,162 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

John Cusack's character, Michael Merriman, is a fictional composite; based primarily on Louis P. Slotin and (to a lesser degree) Harry K. Daghlian. See more »

Goofs

Before boarding the plane near the end of the movie, the back window of the car Gen. Groves is riding in can be seen flapping in the breeze as it's made of thin plastic sheet instead of glass. See more »

Quotes

Richard Schoenfield: Hey Oppenheimer! Oppenheimer! You oughta stop playing God, 'cause you're no good at it, and the position's taken!
See more »


Soundtracks

Brown Jug Swing
(J.E. Winner)
Arranged by Garnett Brown
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Challenge Of The Problem
17 February 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Fat Man And Little Boy were the code names of the two atomic bombs that were dropped in reverse order on Nagasaki and Hiroshina. How these came to be and came to be in American hands is the story of this film.

The terms by the way are the code names of two bombs fueled with plutonium and uranium. Fat Man was the plutonium bomb and that one was dropped on Nagasaki and Little Boy was the one used on Hiroshima

The film is primarily a conflict between General Leslie R. Groves of the United States Army and physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who led the team of scientists who developed the bomb under Groves's direction. With two men from as widely divergent backgrounds as these were, conflict was inevitable.

Paul Newman who all his life has been a disarmament activist plays General Groves. To his credit Newman does not play a man whose views he would very little in common with as any kind of caricature. Groves is a military man first and foremost with an engineering background. He wanted a combat command as trained military professionals would naturally want in this greatest of wars. But because of his background in engineering Groves got to head the Manhattan Project which was what the effort was code named. So be it, Newman is determined to make his contribution to the war effort count.

Most of us first became acquainted with Dwight Schultz from the A-Team as H.M. Murdoch the pilot whose grip on reality is tenuous at best. If one was only acquainted with the A-Team, one might think that Schultz had a great future in comic roles.

Instead Dwight Schultz is one of the best actors in the English speaking world with an astonishing range of dramatic parts since leaving that television series. J. Robert Oppenheimer in life was a complex man who recognized the dangers and benefits of atomic energy. The challenge of the problem also intrigues him. Later on Oppenheimer got into a real bind because of his left-wing political views and associates which everyone knew walking into the Manhattan Project.

Some of the lesser roles that stand out are Bonnie Bedelia as Mrs. Oppenheimer, Natasha Richardson as Oppenheimer's Communist mistress whose affair with Oppenheimer got him in such a jackpot later on, and Laura Dern as a nurse at the Los Alamos site.

But the best is John Cusack who as Michael Merriman is a composite of some real life scientists who might accurately be labeled as the first casualties of the atomic age. His scenes with Laura Dern, especially with what happens to him, take on a real poignancy.

The debate over the bombs as the use put to them is still a matter of raging debate. Fat Man And Little Boy presents the facts and lets you decide what might have happened if an alternative use of them had been taken.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
60 years later, any thoughts? rsuriyop
Paul Newman/General Groves captchas-1
Any other movies like this? Firehawk
How Would YOU Write This Movie penslvr
Something I tried to explain... deadeye78
Is Kevin Tighe in this movie? rdbzhch-1
Discuss Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?