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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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Kathleen Robinson
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Peer de Silva
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Richard Schoenfield
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Die Schattenmacher  »

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$3,563,162 (USA)
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The meaning of the films "Fat Man and Little Boy" title, as outlined by show-business trade-paper 'Variety', is that "'Fat Man' and 'Little Boy' were the [code names or] nicknames given to the [atom] bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki [in Japan in August 1945 during World War II]". See more »

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When the Santa Fe passenger train carrying Gen. Groves is stopped in the middle of nowhere to receive a motorcycle courier-delivered message, the train is being pulled by a type of diesel locomotive that was not in use in the early 1940s. The color scheme was right for Santa Fe passenger trains of that time but was never used on that type of locomotive. See more »

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Gen. Leslie R. Groves: It's all about ass, isn't it? Either you kick it... or you lick it.
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Brown Jug Swing
Written by Joseph Winner (as J.E. Winner)
Arranged by Garnett Brown
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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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