MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,993 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 4,894 users  
Reviews: 43 user | 21 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...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 17 Jan 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 11 Nov 2013
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

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.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blaze (1989)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

This movie tells the story of the latter years of Earl Long, a flamboyant governor of Louisiana. The aging Earl, an unapologetic habitue of strip joints, falls in love with young stripper ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Shelton
Stars: Paul Newman, Lolita Davidovich, Jerry Hardin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

It's about a five member family. The father is a conservative and traditional person who directs the family. The mother is at home, she tries to hold together the family, while Mr. Bridge ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory
Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Saundra McClain
City of Joy (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Hazari Pal lives in a small village in Bihar, India, with his dad, mom, wife, Kamla, daughter, Amrita, and two sons, Shambhu and Manooj. As the Pal are unable to repay the loan they had ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Pauline Collins, Om Puri
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Paul Newman, Edward Asner, Ken Wahl
Harry & Son (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Harry Keach has been widowed for two years and works as a demolition crane operator on a demolition crew.

Director: Paul Newman
Stars: Paul Newman, Robby Benson, Ellen Barkin
Drama | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Carol Ann MacKay is a fine, popular nurse at a retirement home, and spends her free time with her hunky athletic husband Wayne MacKay, who was the star of her school's football team when ... See full summary »

Director: Marek Kanievska
Stars: Paul Newman, Linda Fiorentino, Dermot Mulroney
True Colors (1991)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Best friends from law school to election night, their friendship is sorely tested when one learns of another's betrayal.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: John Cusack, James Spader, Imogen Stubbs
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of an union head, the man's life begins to unravel.

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two strangers meet on the road and travel through Nevada on motorcycle to find an elusive spot where they can dump another man's ashes.

Director: Abbe Wool
Stars: John Doe, Adam Horovitz, David Anthony Marshall
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and ... See full summary »

Director: John Huston
Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson
Day One (TV Movie 1989)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Biography of the astronomer and mathematician Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

Director: Frank Vogel
Stars: Reimar J. Baur, Trude Bechmann, Kurt Böwe
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Kathleen Robinson
Ron Frazier ...
Peer 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)
...
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:

Die Schattenmacher  »

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

Bruce Robinson claimed that his screenplay for the film was radically altered to exclude the thing that had interested him most about the subject - his controversial belief (which remains unproven) that the Jean Tatlock character, played by Natasha Richardson, had not committed suicide, as has always been reported (and as was depicted in the final film), but had, in fact, been murdered. See more »

Goofs

The experiment that Michael Merriman is performing, with the two hemispheres of beryllium surrounding a core of plutonium and held apart with a screwdriver, is what was called "tickling the dragon's tail". The movie mistakenly assigns that nickname to the "drop" experiment that Merriman did a bit earlier in the movie. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Fat Boy and Little Man (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Reed Flutes
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as P. Tchaikovsky)
Courtesy of TRF Production Music Libraries
By Arrangement with Kaleidosound
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Best Engineering flick in decades, great history and melodrama, too
22 June 2002 | by (Somewhere in Soho) – See all my reviews

It's rare for a movie to both encompass the process of problem solving and a fantastically far-reaching moral quandary AND be a fairly accurate historical movie, but Fat Man and Little Boy pulls off this trick.

It's the story of the Manhattan Project -- the World War II effort to build the atom bomb, told as the conflict between the two men who made it happen, Gen. Leslie Groves and Robert Oppenheimer.

The historical figures are a great study in opposites: military vs. civilian, practical vs. idealistic, emotional vs. scientific, brute force vs. consensus-based problem solving, immediacy vs. long-term vision. A fictional character, played by John Cusack, is added as a sort of synthesis of the two historical figures, to show the humanity that oddly escapes the real people (and of course the obligatory love interest, played by Laura Dern). One looking for a straight documentary might criticize the lapses into melodrama (and occasional looseness with the facts, but that's Hollywood for ya), but the purpose of fiction is to synthesize and galvanize events into more universal truths, so I think this can be forgiven.

One of the great visuals in the movie is when Oppenheimer witnesses the first atomic explosion: it's done entirely through his reaction, and considering the awesome visuals inherent in an atomic explosion, it's a brave and entirely effective way of describing in a single moment the ambivalent effect on humans of unleashing such power (the sort of thing lost in the typical Hollywood shoot 'em up version of history.) The use of music is particularly excellent in the last third of the movie.

Fairly accessible and highly recommended as both a historical movie and drama of the highest order.


21 of 24 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
Yeah, Murdock is the man! Goldie15
Discuss Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?