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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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Kathleen Robinson
Ron Frazier ...
Peer de Silva
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Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD
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Jamie Latrobe
Michael Brockman ...
William 'Deke' Parsons
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Dr. Kenneth Whiteside
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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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$3,563,162 (USA)
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Trivia

Kasper Gutman (Sydney Greenstreet) and Wilmer Cook (Elisha Cook Jr.) are referred to as "Fat Man" and "Little Boy" in the movie The Maltese Falcon (1941) by Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart). These are the names used for the two atomic bombs dropped in Japan on Nagasaki and Hiroshima during the Second World War respectively. 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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Gen. Leslie R. Groves: We could give this country the biggest stick in the playground, and I intend to do that.
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Featured in The Peculiar Memories of Bruce Robinson (1999) See more »

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Brown Jug Swing
Written by Joseph Winner (as J.E. Winner)
Arranged by Garnett Brown
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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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