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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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Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD
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William 'Deke' Parsons
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Robert Tuckson
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Franz Goethe (as Alan Corduner)
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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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Die Schattenmacher  »

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

Goofs

As J. Robert Oppenheimer walks with General Leslie Groves in the rain at the Trinity atomic bomb test site, he tries to convince the general to call a halt to testing the atomic bomb as "...with the wind and the rain we could send radioactive junk all the way to Amarillo!" As Oppenheimer says these words, the general begins to speak to the New York reporter to get him to write three reports based on what are believed to be the potential results of the bomb test. Immediately after the general tells the reporter "I want three reports," we see Oppenheimer continuing to shout words, apparently in protest, to the general. We never hear Oppenheimer's words, however, as they have been completely edited out. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Leslie R. Groves: It's all about ass, isn't it? Either you kick it... or you lick it.
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Dance of the Reed Flutes
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as P. Tchaikovsky)
Courtesy of TRF Production Music Libraries
By Arrangement with Kaleidosound
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A Great Movie, Despite What They Say...
11 December 2002 | by (Portland, Maine) – See all my reviews

Cold War enthusiasts are like Civil War enthusiasts in that they get extremely upset when something is portrayed differently than it actually happened (or differently than they THINK it happened). When you read a negative review of this movie, that is what you are seeing. It may not be 100% factual with the timeline and all of that, but who cares? It is still an excellent movie. The acting is wonderful and the message is even better. Dwight Schultz does an amazing job with his role. The entire cast must have lost 50 lbs each to look like skinny 1940s people. If you haven't seen this film, see it. If you have and you didn't like it, please see it again and look at it with an open heart. It truly questions the moral issues of developing the bomb. It makes you think!


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