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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In one interview Joffe compared Openheimer to Hamlet and Groves to Iago. In another he compared the film to "the story of Faust told through the eyes of Mephistopheles." See more
In the opening scenes Lt. Col Boris Pash is seen wearing the silver oak leaves centered on the epaulets on his Class A uniform. (They remain there several scenes later in the security office) where they are listening to Oppenheimer talking to Jean Tatlock and the Lt. Col. is playing darts. This is a correct location for a General's single star. It was planned that way by the services so a General officer's distinction would be instantly recognizable at distance and no other officer's rank is located there. The costumer got a full Colonel's rank correct as well as a Major, and a Captain's; but a Lt. Colonel's oak leaves are never worn there. See more
Gen. Leslie R. Groves
We could give this country the biggest stick in the playground, and I intend to do that.
Dance of the Reed Flutes
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
(as P. Tchaikovsky)
Courtesy of TRF Production Music Libraries
By Arrangement with Kaleidosound See more