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
Before boarding the plane near the end of the movie, the back window of the car Gen. Groves is riding in can be seen flapping in the breeze as it's made of thin plastic sheet instead of glass. See more
Gen. Leslie R. Groves
Gotta come down out of the clouds gentlemen, and get into the business... of winning the war.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
By Paul Dukas
Performed by The Vienna Symphony
Edouard Van Remoortel, Conductor
Courtesy of The Moss Music Group
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more