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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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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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Storyline

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Hume Cronyn, who plays James F. Byrnes in this film, previously played Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer in The Beginning or the End (1947). See more »

Goofs

The footage of the first atomic explosion, the "Trinity" test, shows various archival footage of atomic blasts that occurred in the ocean. In one shot you can see the waves lapping the shore. See more »

Quotes

[University of Chicago December 2 1942 - the first controlled chain reaction in an atomic pile]
Leo Szilard: This day will go down in history as a black mark against mankind.
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Excellent Historical Documentary
27 July 2006 | by donpmitchellSee all my reviews

This is the best of the atomic-bomb movies, and unfortunately still only available in VHS. Dennehy's performance as General Groves and Strathairn (of Good Night and Good Luck) does an amazing job as Oppenheimer. The characterizations are not the usual Hollywood clichés of professional people and their behavior. Real scientists and generals do not stop to have melodramatic arguments with stilted language, as in "Fat Man and Little Boy".

It is also just an excellent job of portraying the history and science, but still remains a gripping human drama. We see the origins of the project in Europe, getting Einstein to write to the president, the issue of Soviet spies and Germany's failed efforts are described accurately, and the technical issues in building the bomb are accurate and interesting.


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