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 »
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Francis Ford Coppola
James Earl Jones
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.Written by
The code-name for the first ever detonation on 16th July 1945 of a nuclear weapon detonated by the United States of America Army was "Trinity". See more »
In the opening scenes Lt. Col Boris Pash is seen wearing the silver oak leaves centered on the epaulets on his Class A uniform. (They remain there several scenes later in the security office) where they are listening to Oppenheimer talking to Jean Tatlock and the Lt. Col. is playing darts. This is a correct location for a General's single star. It was planned that way by the services so a General officer's distinction would be instantly recognizable at distance and no other officer's rank is located there. The costumer got a full Colonel's rank correct as well as a Major, and a Captain's; but a Lt. Colonel's oak leaves are never worn there. See more »
Hey Oppenheimer! Oppenheimer! You oughta stop playing God, 'cause you're no good at it, and the position's taken!
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If you know anything about the Manhattan Project, you will find "Fat Man and Little Boy" at least an interesting depiction of the events surrounding that story. The film is in all ways a very realistic portrayal of these events, and in many ways it is almost too real (such as some scenes involving radiation poisoning). Paul Newman, as usual, is brilliant in his role and always manages to come off like a real person on the screen. The supporting cast, such as John Cusack, Laura Dern, Bonnie Bedelia, and Natasha Richardson, is fairly good as well. This film is not, however, one of the best examples of turning a true story into a movie. Great films are able to take a true story and use just enough artistic license to keep its audience engaged for the entire movie. This one, however, tends to drag a bit throughout, and some scenes (such as John Cusack and Natasha Richardson's love story) could have been eliminated entirely without causing the film to lose much. Nevertheless, there are enough interesting facts and tiny humorous bits to at least keep the audience interested enough to see the entire film. It does not always entertain, but as far as great depictions go, this is very accurate, fascinating, and will leave the audience with something to think about.
*** out of ****
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