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The Manhattan Project ()


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A teen and his girlfriend make an atomic bomb with plutonium stolen from a scientist dating his mother.

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John Mathewson
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Government Aide
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Government Aide
Paul Austin ...
General
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Scientist
Curt Dempster ...
Scientist
Bran Ferren ...
Lab Assistant
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Paul Stephens
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Elizabeth Stephens
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Jenny Anderman
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Science Teacher
Abraham Unger ...
Roland (as Abe Unger)
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Max (as Robert Leonard)
David Quinn ...
Tennis
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Craig
Katherine Hiler ...
Emma
Trey Cummins ...
Terry
Steve Borton ...
Local FBI
Harlan Cary Poe ...
Local FBI
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Jenny's Parent
Sarah Burke ...
Jenny's Parent
Allen DeCheser ...
Jenny's Brother
Arthur De Cheser ...
Jenny's Brother (as Arthur DeCheser)
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Lt. Col. Conroy
Fred G. Smith ...
Conroy's Lieutenant
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Eccles (as John David Cullum)
Manny Jacobs ...
Moore
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Price (as Charlie Fields)
Eric Hsiao ...
Saito
Trevor Bolling ...
Halley's Comet Kid
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Laser Efficiency Kid (as Richard Cardona)
Heather Rose Dominic ...
Flirting Kid (as Heather Dominic)
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Flirting Kid
Joan Kendall ...
Registrar
John Doumanian ...
Cabbie
Tom Tarpey ...
Injection Doctor
Roger Caine ...
FBI (as Alec Massey)
Edward D. Murphy ...
FBI
Dee Ann McDavid ...
FBI
Joan Harris ...
Barbara Collins - TV Reporter
Kerry Donovan ...
Kerry Donovan - WBNG News
Ken Chapin ...
Command
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Electronics
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Computer
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Interrogator
Stephen Markle ...
Interogator
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Helicopter Pilot
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Radiation Controls Officer
Sully Boyar ...
Night Guard
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Relief Guard
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Assay Technician
Warren Manzi ...
Day Attendant
Michael Telesco ...
Day Security Receptionist
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SWAT
Jimmie Ray Weeks ...
SWAT
William Weslow ...
SWAT
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SWAT (as Dan E. Butler)
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SWAT
Richard Caselnova ...
SWAT
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Bus Heckler (uncredited)
George Cron ...
Computer Operator (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Keith Howard ...
Science Fair Kid (uncredited)
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D.O.D. Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Marshall Brickman

Written by

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Marshall Brickman ... (written by) &
Thomas Baum ... (written by)

Produced by

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Marshall Brickman ... producer
Jennifer Ogden ... producer
Roger Paradiso ... associate producer
Bruce McNall ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Philippe Sarde

Cinematography by

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Billy Williams

Film Editing by

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Nina Feinberg

Editorial Department

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Kristina Boden ... assistant editor
Bob Hagans ... color timer
Bill Johnson ... apprentice editor
Camilla Toniolo ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Philip Rosenberg

Art Direction by

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Robert Guerra

Set Decoration by

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Nina Ramsey
Philip Smith

Costume Design by

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Shay Cunliffe

Makeup Department

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Richard Dean ... makeup artist
Tony Marrero ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Lois Kramer Hartwick ... assistant unit manager
Jennifer Ogden ... production manager
Roger Paradiso ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ronald M. Bozman ... first assistant director (as Ron Bozman)
Judy Ferguson ... dga trainee
Kyle McCarthy ... second assistant director
David Sardi ... additional second assistant director
Chris Stoia ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

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Sil Avallone ... construction: laboratory
Carl Baldasso ... construction: laboratory
Hank Bauer ... construction foreman
Phillip Cullem ... construction: laboratory
Tony Gamiello ... property master
Kip Jackson ... construction: laboratory
Harry Joyner ... construction: laboratory
Robert Kohut ... construction: laboratory
Alan Lampel ... construction: laboratory
Brick Mason ... storyboard artist
Kevin McCarthy ... set dresser
Ann Miller ... props (as Annie Miller)
Robert 'Pete' Miller ... head construction grip (as Pete Miller)
Lars Pederson ... construction: laboratory
Richard Pirro ... construction: laboratory
Paul Pratt ... construction: laboratory
Jon Ringbom ... master scenic artist
Siv Sandstrom ... art department coordinator
Hans Swanson ... props
Alan D. Webb ... construction: laboratory (as Alan Webb)
Joan Winters ... graphic designer
Peter Ydeen ... construction: laboratory
John Alvin ... poster artist (uncredited)
Christopher Nelson ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Marjorie Deutsch ... looping editor
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer: Sound One
Michael DiCosimo ... consultant: Dolby Stereo
Kathleen Earle Killeen ... assistant sound editor (as Kathleen Kileen)
Vito L. Ilardi ... recordist (as Vito Ilardi)
Les Lazarowitz ... sound mixer
Barbara Minor ... assistant sound editor
Michael Moyse ... sound editor (as Michel Moyse)
Linda Murphy ... boom operator
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith ... sound editor (as Bitty O'Sullivan Smith)
Dan Sable ... supervising sound editor
Lynn Sable ... assistant sound editor
Diane Schaub ... assistant looping editor
Reilly Steele ... adr engineer

Special Effects by

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Connie Brink ... special effects
Bran Ferren ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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John Alagna ... optical line-up: Associates & Ferren
Myles Ambrose ... electronics & robotics
Susan Coursey ... assistant: Mr. Ferren, Associates & Ferren
Topher Dow ... project coordinator: Associates & Ferren
Robert C. Francis ... electronics & robotics (as Robert Francis)
John Frith ... electronics & robotics
Charles Harrison ... chief engineer: Associates & Ferren
Chester Hartwell ... electronics & robotics
Martin Hill ... acquisitions: Associates & Ferren
John C. Huntington III ... electronics & robotics (as John Huntington)
Susan Le Ber ... purchasing agent: Associates & Ferren (as Susan LeBer)
Jeffrey Lind ... electronics & robotics
David McDonough ... researcher: Associates & Ferren
Mark Napoletano ... laser systems
Melissa Rice ... electronics & robotics
Robert Rowohlt ... optical cameraman: Associates & Ferren (as Bob Rowohlt)
Eric Schultz ... laser systems
Steven Schultz ... laser systems
James Shelly ... general manager: Associates & Ferren (as James N. Shelly)
Caleb Weissberg ... electronics & robotics
Marjorie Winslow ... secretary: Associates & Ferren
Ken Wisner ... mechanical engineer: Associates & Ferren

Stunts

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Roy Farfel ... stuntman
Frank Ferrara ... stunt coordinator
Michael Russo ... stuntman (as Michael C. Russo)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Robert Connors ... rigging gaffer (as Bobby Connors)
S. Karin Epstein ... still photographer
Neil Fallon ... video technician
James Finnerty ... key grip (as Jim Finnerty)
John Finnerty ... key grip
Richard C. Kratina ... camera operator (as Dick Kratina) / director of photography: second unit (as Dick Kratina)
Gary Muller ... second assistant camera
Hank Muller ... first assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. ... camera operator (as Thomas Priestley Jr.)
Richard Quinlan ... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Joseph Trammell ... video technician (as Joe Trammell)
Robert M. Volpe ... dolly grip (as Bobby Volpe)
Lance Wandling ... video technician

Casting Department

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Sylvia Fay ... extras casting
Ellen Lewis ... casting associate
Cynthia Neil ... assistant extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Holly Hynes ... assistant costume designer
Daniel P. Lomax ... costume supervisor (as Dan Lomax)
Karen Whittaker ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Donna E. Bloom ... location coordinator (as Donna Bloom)
Selma Brown ... location auditor
Charles M. Lum ... location coordinator (as Charles Lum)
George Sinski ... location coordinator

Music Department

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Billy Byers ... orchestrator (as Bill Byers)
William Flageollet ... music engineer
Orchestre de Paris ... orchestra: music recorded by
Harry Rabinowitz ... conductor

Transportation Department

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Harry J. Leavey ... transportation coordinator (as Harry Leavey)
James Sweeney ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Michael Alatriste ... production assistant
Bruce Bahrenburg ... unit publicist
Mary Bailey ... script supervisor
Sam Bruskin ... studio manager (as Samuel Bruskin)
Sarah Carson ... production office coordinator
Betsy Gleysteen ... production assistant
Jessica Gribetz ... assistant: Mr. Brickman
Liza J. Harris ... production assistant (as Liza Harris)
Donatella Hecht ... production assistant
Maureen Hudson-Murari ... assistant production office coordinator
Erin Quinn ... assistant location auditor
Annie Spiegelman ... production assistant
Jason Walsh ... production assistant

Thanks

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Jim Hensen ... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Special Effects

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Storyline

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Plot Summary
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Taglines Paul Stevens' high school science project has gotten a little out of hand. He just built an atomic bomb. Now he's got 11 hours to make sure it doesn't work. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Deadly Game (United States)
  • Manhattan Project (France)
  • Juguete mortal (Spain)
  • Projekt Manhattan (Poland)
  • Deadly Game (Sweden)
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Runtime
  • 117 min
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Box Office

Budget $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,503,000, 13 Jun 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia The film was part of a 1980s cycle of films about atomic bombs and nuclear warfare which had started in 1979 with The China Syndrome (1979). The films included Silkwood (1983), Testament (1983), Threads (1984), WarGames (1983), The Day After (1983), The Atomic Cafe (1982), The Manhattan Project (1986), Whoops Apocalypse (1982), Special Bulletin (1983), Ground Zero (1987), Barefoot Gen (Barefoot Gen (1983)), Rules of Engagement (1989), When the Wind Blows (1986), Letters from a Dead Man (Dead Man's Letters (1986)), Memoirs of a Survivor (1981) and The Chain Reaction (1980). See more »
Goofs Plutonium must be alloyed with another metal (usually gallium) in order to prevent forming allotropes which cause it to crack while cooling. Cracks in the pit would have significant impact in the weapon, and could result in a fizzle (non-nuclear explosion.) See more »
Movie Connections Features The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). See more »
Quotes Dr. John Matthewson: You try to tough it out with them, they'll lock you in a room somewhere and throw away the room.
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