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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

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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Robert Tuckson
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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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20 October 1989 (USA)  »

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$3,563,162 (USA)
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The character Michael Merriman (John Cusack) was an amalgam of real life persons Louis Slotin and Harry K. Daghlian. Website Wikipedia states, according to Deborah J. Kunk in "'Fat Man' Brings Bomb Alive", that this character "is a fictional composite of several people and is put into the film to provide a moral compass as the 'common man'." See more »

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At the party, Dr. Schoenfield (John C. McGinley) is wearing his Captain's bars 90 Degrees off. They should be parallel to the lower edge of the shirt collar not the edge that touches his neck, as is shown. See more »

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Richard Schoenfield: Hey Oppenheimer! Oppenheimer! You oughta stop playing God, 'cause you're no good at it, and the position's taken!
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Brown Jug Swing
Written by Joseph Winner (as J.E. Winner)
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For the scientifically inclined
3 February 1999 | by (Boulder, CO) – See all my reviews

We watched this movie in my chemistry class, so obviously it had educational value. I thought the film did a really good job of intertwining the subjects of the science, moral issues and personal experiences of the manhattan project, but wasn't exactly focused on strong acting. I would recommend this movie for the scientifically inclined or those interested in the moral issues behind Fat Man and Little Boy, but if the subject of nuclear bombs bores you, don't see it.


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