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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

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

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William 'Deke' Parsons
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Robert Tuckson
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Franz Goethe (as Alan Corduner)
Joe D'Angerio ...
Seth Neddermeyer (as Joseph D'Angerio)
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Johnny Mount (as Jon De Vries)
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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

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The story of the extraordinary people who changed our world.


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20 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Fat Man and Little Boy  »

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$3,563,162 (USA)
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In real life, Newman was a liberal and Schultz is a conservative... opposites of the roles they played in this film. See more »

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In the opening scene stating the date, Pentagon 1942, 9 months since Pearl Harbor isn't factual. The Pentagon wasn't completed until January 1943. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Leslie R. Groves: I want three stories. The first, if we succeed. The second, if we fail. The third, if we disintegrate.
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I enjoyed the movie enough to watch it 3 times.
16 March 2000 | by (Palm Bay, Florida) – See all my reviews

The movie seemed a little slow at first. But it picked up speed and got right to the point. It showed exactly how the government and the scientist argued for humanity and the reasons of the "gadget". I enjoyed it. It is very close to reality as any movie about the Atomic Bombs that were to be dropped on Japan. I have recommended it to friends. I was particularly pleased with the acting ability of Dwight Schultz.


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