Race for the Bomb (1987)

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This docudrama tells the story of how the atomic bomb came to be built.

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Credited cast:
 Edward Teller (as Miki Manojlovic)
Jean-Paul Muel ...
Tom Rack ...
 Enrico Fermi (as Pier-Paolo Capponi)
Myriam Mézières ...
 Gertrude Weiss (as Myriam Mezières)
Géza Kovács ...
Marie Bunel ...
Maud Rayer ...
Huguette Faget ...
 Marie Curie (as Hugette Faget)
Amy Werba ...
 Laura Fermi
Denis Manuel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cintija Asperger ...
 Jean Tatlock (as Cintija Asperger Eastman)


A dramatization of the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bomb at the close of World War Two. This series follows the development of the project, from Leo Szilard's first conception of the power within the atom, to the power struggles between J. Robert Oppenheimer, the project's science leader, and General Leslie Groves, the project's military commander. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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6 May 1987 (France)  »

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Superb docudrama that cover the subject to it's fullest.
11 October 2006 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this wonderful series when it first came out and was taken aback by the level of detail and accuracy. There have been many movies and docudramas that have followed or proceeded it including "Day One" and the splendid series "Oppenheimer" starring Sam Waterston in the title roll, but none can compare to "Race for the Bomb". It simply takes its time to cover all aspects of the story, human and historical, and captures the era to perfection. Maury Chaykin is memorable as General Leslie Groves and the rest of the international cast is without fault including Jean-Paul Muel as Leo Szilard and Tom Rack as Oppenheimer.

I'm really surprised that this series is not available in DVD or even VHS, I'm sure the producers could gain some revenue from it and make a new and old audience very happy. I did have a VHS copy that I made when the series was first aired but it's long gone now, more's the pity. If you do happen to see this in a rerun somewhere, don't miss it, unfortunately I don't see that happening.

Maybe someone may resurrect it for its twentieth anniversary. One can only hope. If the Aussies can release an old series ("1915") from the 80's then there may be hope.

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