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Fat Man and Little Boy -- 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
Fat Man and Little Boy -- 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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20 October 1989 (USA) See more »
The story of the extraordinary people who changed our world.
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Paul Newman ... Gen. Leslie R. Groves

Dwight Schultz ... J. Robert Oppenheimer

Bonnie Bedelia ... Kitty Oppenheimer

John Cusack ... Michael Merriman

Laura Dern ... Kathleen Robinson
Ron Frazier ... Peer de Silva

John C. McGinley ... Capt. Richard Schoenfield, MD

Natasha Richardson ... Jean Tatlock
Ron Vawter ... Jamie Latrobe
Michael Brockman ... William 'Deke' Parsons

Del Close ... Dr. Kenneth Whiteside

John Considine ... Robert Tuckson

Allan Corduner ... Franz Goethe (as Alan Corduner)

Joe D'Angerio ... Seth Neddermeyer (as Joseph D'Angerio)
Jon DeVries ... Johnny Mount (as Jon De Vries)

James Eckhouse ... Robert Harper

Todd Field ... Robert Wilson

Mary Pat Gleason ... Dora Welsh

Clark Gregg ... Douglas Panton
Péter Halász ... George Kistiakowsky
Gerald Hiken ... Leo Szilard
Arthur Holden ... Oak Ridge Doctor

Ed Lauter ... Whitney Ashbridge
Donald MacKechnie ... James Tuck

Madison Mason ... Boris Pash

Krzysztof Pieczynski ... Otto Frisch (as Christopher Pieczynski)

Don Pugsley ... Sgt. Bronston, Groves' Orderly
Logan Ramsey ... Brehon Somervell

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Maj. Gen. Melrose Hayden Barry

Jim True-Frost ... Donald Hornig

Barry Yourgrau ... Edward Teller
Marek Alboszta ... Scientist
Steven Baigelman ... Dr. Avenell

Frank Benettieri Jr. ... Messenger
Roger Cubicciotti ... Frank Oppenheimer
Franco Cutietta ... Enrico Fermi
Robert Peter Gale ... Dr. Louis Hempelman
Wesley Harrison ... Peter Oppenheimer
Brent Harrison ... Peter Oppenheimer
Tom McFarlane ... Scientist
David C. Parnes ... Raincoat Man
Allen Poirson ... Harold McDonald
David Politzer ... Robert Serber
Bill Rubenstein ... N.Y. Times Reporter
Ken Strausbaugh ... Observation Officer
Walter Sullivan ... Secretary of War Henry Stimson
Brian Wandell ... Dennis Talmudge
John Williams ... Mack Stoddard
Walker Edmiston ... (voice)
Matthew Faison ... (voice)
Stan Jones ... (voice) (as Stanley Jones)

Alan Oppenheimer ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Brainard ... Samuel Allison
William J. Bruno ... Scientist
Marla Feller ... Scientist
David Smith ... Scientist

Directed by
Roland Joffé 
Writing credits
Bruce Robinson (story)

Bruce Robinson (screenplay) and
Roland Joffé (screenplay)

Produced by
John Calley .... executive producer
Kimberly Cooper .... associate producer
Tony Garnett .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Françoise Bonnot 
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
Production Design by
Gregg Fonseca 
Art Direction by
Larry Fulton  (as Larry E. Fulton)
Peter Landsdown Smith  (as Peter Lansdown Smith)
Set Decoration by
Dorree Cooper 
Costume Design by
Nic Ede  (as Nick Ede)
Makeup Department
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist (as Frank H. Griffin Jr.)
Luis Horcacitas .... hairdresser (as Luis Horcasitas)
Monty Westmore .... hair supervisor
Monty Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
David González .... unit production manager
Johanna Persons .... unit production manager: San Francisco
Tom Shaw .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Bockman .... second assistant director
Daniel Camhi .... second assistant director
Claudia Gomez .... second second assistant director
Rubén González .... second second assistant director
Chris Soldo .... first assistant director: San Francisco
Gabriela Vázquez .... second assistant director: San Francisco (as Gabriela Vazquez)
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Frank Clark .... construction coordinator
Jennifer Clinard .... lead painter
Charles Collum .... construction coordinator
Carol Lee Davis .... scenic artist (as Carole Lee Davis)
William MacDonald .... construction coordinator
Michael Milgrom .... property master: San Francisco
John Philpotts .... leadman: additional photography
Denise Pizzini .... assistant set decorator
John H. Samson .... construction coordinator
Tom Shaw Jr. .... property master
Peter A. Tullo .... lead person
Claude Viator .... assistant art director (as Claude J. Viator)
Doug E. Williams .... propmaker: San Francisco
Rick Young .... property master
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... sound editor
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
Donald Flick .... sound editor (as Donald S. Flick)
Judee Flick .... foley editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor (as Stephen H. Flick)
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Susan Mazzei .... assistant sound editor
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Ernesto Muñoz .... boom operator
Andrew Patterson .... supervising adr editor (as Andrew G. Patterson)
Ken Pawlak .... boom operator
Steve Powell .... sound mixer: San Francisco (as Stephen Powell)
Stephen Purvis .... sound editor
William Randall .... sound mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Greg Rudloff)
Greg P. Russell .... sound mixer
Conrad Slater .... second boom operator: San Francisco
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound effects editor
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
David A. Whittaker .... supervising sound editor
David Williams .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Frank Benettieri Jr. .... special effects assistant (as Monty Benetierri)
Fred Cramer .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
C. Marie Davis .... visual effects editor (as Marie Davis)
John Pierre Dechene .... visual effects assistant supervisor
Justin Klarenbeck .... visual effects supervisor
Jeff Matakovich .... optical supervisor
David McCullough .... visual effects producer
David A. Poole .... visual effects
Robert Scifo .... matte artist (as Bob Scifo)
Michael Arias .... motion control cameraperson (uncredited)
Michael Condro .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Michael Condro .... motion control programmer (uncredited)
Christopher Duddy .... visual effects (uncredited)
Paul Hettler .... visual effects (uncredited)
Dorne Huebler .... visual effects animation supervisor: DQI (uncredited)
James Valentine .... rotoscope supervisor (uncredited)
Hoyt Yeatman .... special effects: DQI (uncredited)
Randy Peters .... stunt driver
Warren A. Stevens .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Gershman .... camera operator: San Francisco
Robert Jason .... chief lighting technician (as Robert E. Jason)
Colin Manning .... dolly grip
Agustín Meza .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Fernando Moreno .... gaffer
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Roberto Rivera .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike Roberts .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Michael Roberts)
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Cathy Sandrich .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Dodson .... costumer
Stewart Meachem .... costumer
Editorial Department
Matthew Booth .... assistant film editor
Lizi Gelber .... additional editor (as Lizabeth Gelber)
Bob Noland .... color timer
Anthony Sherin .... first assistant film editor (as Tony Sherin)
Michael Tyler .... post-production assistant
Catherine Best .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Ronald L. Carr .... location manager
Gail Stempler .... location manager: San Francisco
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas A. Gordon .... transportation coordinator
Randy Peters .... transportation coordinator: San Francisco
Hector Salomon .... transportation co-captain
Ricardo Gallarzo Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Anthony Muto Jr. .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
Damon Viola .... military vehicle supplier (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Cornog .... technical advisor
Marilyn Corwin .... choreographer
Loreto de la Garza .... production assistant
Bran Ferren .... technical advisor
Paula Frankel .... script supervisor: San Francisco
Gayle Fraser-Baigelman .... assistant accountant
Ricardo Frera .... production accountant
Robert Peter Gale .... technical advisor (as Dr. Robert Peter Gale M.D.)
Anne Greenhalgh .... assistant to the director
Judy Guerrero .... production secretary
Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler
Carol Juk .... production office coordinator
Kurt Kaynor .... choreographer
G. Pekas Lozano .... assistant to production coordinator
Lou Phillips .... production auditor
Pat Rambaut .... script supervisor
Larry Ramin .... historical research
Jay Roberts .... assistant accountant
Anne Shaw .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Warren A. Stevens .... military coordinator
Eden Ashley Umble .... unit publicist (as Eden Ashley)
Brit Babcock .... development (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
'Chico' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Alfredo Hernandez .... wrangler (uncredited)
José Dolores Herrera .... thanks: Mexico unit chief of staff
Roger Meade .... thanks: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Historic Archives
Roberto Maldonado Muñoz .... thanks: Mexico unit representative
Edward Reese .... thanks: Military Reference Branch, National Archives and Records Administration
Bill Jack Rodgers .... thanks: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Theresa Strottman .... thanks: Los Alamos Historical Museum Archives

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Some movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "In 1942, the United States secretly set out to build the world's first atomic bombs. They called them 'Fat Man' and 'Little Boy.' And the man they called on to get the job done was General Leslie Groves. Strong. Brilliant. Determined. Willing to push human endurance to the limit. Willing to bear the responsibility, the glory and the blame. His mission changed the world. His story is the story of his times. And ours."See more »
Factual errors: General officers do not wear branch insignia. All the general officers in this film do.See more »
Richard Schoenfield:Hey Oppenheimer! Oppenheimer! You oughta stop playing God, 'cause you're no good at it, and the position's taken!See more »
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An interesting chronicle about the historic events referred to creation the first atomic bomb, 31 October 2006
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

This exciting picture is a dramatization of nuclear run and follows the development of the Manhattan project in Los Alamos from first conception of the power within the atom , the 235 uranium , with the neutrons bombing into the piles of graphite which leads to nuclear reaction that produces the atomic bomb , ¨the Trinity¨ . The movie describes the power struggles and tensions between an idealist Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schulz) , the project's science leader and General Leslie Groves (Paul Newman) , the project's military commander . It was a race for the bomb because of the Nazis with the scientist Heisenberg were also making a nuclear bomb . Besides, there appears famous scientists who contributed to the atomic success with the first bomb as Leo Szilard , Enrico Fermi and Edward Teller .

The film is overlong , a little bit dull and slow moving , though the semi-fictional accounts narrated are very interesting . Paul Newman as the military brain is excellent and Dwight Schulz (A team) as Oppenheimer , the head behind it , is magnificent . In real life, Newman was a liberal and Schultz is a conservative , opposites of the roles they played in this film . Furthermore , a distinguished rest cast as John Cusack , Laura Dern , Bonnie Bedelia , and Natasha Richardson , all of them are enjoyable . Director Roland Joffé cast numerous real-life scientists, including future Nobel Prize winner David Politzer, in small speaking and background roles . Exceptional and colorful cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond and sensitive musical score by the master Ennio Morricone . The motion picture was professionally directed by Roland Joffe (The mission) .

Other films as ¨Fat man (this way called by bombing in Hiroshima) and Little boy¨ (so named by Nagasaki) are the followings : ¨Day one¨ , ¨Engola Day¨ , ¨Hiroshima¨ and for TV : ¨Oppenheimer¨ with Sam Waterson and one of the best is the Canadian series titled ¨Race for the bomb¨ with Maury Chaykin as General Groves and directed by Allan Eastman . Rating : Good and worthwhile seeing.

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