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Day One (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 5 March 1989
The complicated relationship between physicist Leo Szilard, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. Assigned to oversee the project, Groves chooses Oppenheimer to build ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Peter Wyden (book), David W. Rintels (teleplay)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Gen. Leslie Groves
David Strathairn ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
Michael Tucker ... Leo Szilard
Hume Cronyn ... James F. Byrnes
Richard Dysart ... President Harry S. Truman
Hal Holbrook ... Gen. George Marshall
Barnard Hughes ... Secretary of War Henry Stimson
John McMartin ... Dr. Arthur Compton
David Ogden Stiers ... President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Kitty Oppenheimer
Lawrence Dane
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Colonel Pash
Olek Krupa ... Edward Teller
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney
John Pielmeier John Pielmeier ... Seth
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The complicated relationship between physicist Leo Szilard, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. Assigned to oversee the project, Groves chooses Oppenheimer to build the historic bomb. However, when World War II inspires the government to use the weapon, Szilard reconsiders his opinions about atomic warfare. Written by Jwelch5742

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Drama | History

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nap See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At the time this film was made, Michael Tucker and Richard Dysart were well-known for their roles in L.A. Law (1986). See more »

Goofs

A recording was being listened to of Dr. Leo Szilard in Chicago at Los Alamos by General Groves. The wide plastic reels are reel-to-reel audio. Tape recordings were a product of BASF and other wartime German developers but tapes and did not exist prior to the technology being brought here as captured alien property in 1946. Prior to this in the United States, technology was so far behind, recordings were made on wire or the usual acetate disk. See more »

Quotes

[after an experiment proving the feasibility of a chain reaction in uranium]
Leo Szilard: The world is headed for trouble. The world is headed for grief.
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Revisionist History about the bomb
7 April 2014 | by besleySee all my reviews

This is quite a good depiction of the history of the development of the bomb, and I was quite enjoying it. Then in about the last half hour the "revisionist" history began to creep in - the type where all good people at the time felt we shouldn't use the bomb, and only the evil military folks were for its use. The dialog at this point sounds absolutely absurd for a wartime 1945, and comes across more like a demonstration at Berkley in the 60s. "Yes we used the bomb, but we were very conflicted about the decision, and we were wrong to do it." Spare me this drivel.

If you agree with this point of view and felt the US was wrong to use the bomb you'll love the movie.


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