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Race for the Bomb 

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




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Series cast summary:
Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic ...  Edward Teller 2 episodes, 1987
Jean-Paul Muel Jean-Paul Muel ...  Léo Szilard 2 episodes, 1987
Maury Chaykin ...  Gen. Leslie Groves 2 episodes, 1987
Tom Rack Tom Rack ...  Robert Oppenheimer 2 episodes, 1987
Pier Paolo Capponi ...  Enrico Fermi 2 episodes, 1987
Myriam Mézières Myriam Mézières ...  Gertrude Weiss 2 episodes, 1987
Géza Kovács Géza Kovács ...  Otto Frisch 2 episodes, 1987
Vincent Grass ...  Hans Bethe 2 episodes, 1987
Marie Bunel ...  Mici Teller 2 episodes, 1987
Maud Rayer Maud Rayer ...  Lise Meitner 2 episodes, 1987
Jacques Perrin ...  Frédéric Joliot-Curie 2 episodes, 1987
Huguette Faget Huguette Faget ...  Marie Curie 2 episodes, 1987
Amy Werba Amy Werba ...  Laura Fermi 2 episodes, 1987
Denis Manuel Denis Manuel ...  Albert Einstein 2 episodes, 1987
Cintija Asperger ...  Jean Tatlock 2 episodes, 1987
Boris Bakal Boris Bakal ...  Young scientist 2 episodes, 1987
Bruno Balp Bruno Balp ...  War Minister 2 episodes, 1987
Robert Barr Robert Barr ...  James Byrnes 2 episodes, 1987
Relja Basic Relja Basic ...  Harry Gold 2 episodes, 1987
Lloyd Bochner ...  Gen. Curtis LeMay 2 episodes, 1987
Denis Bouchard ...  Louis Slotin 2 episodes, 1987
François Dalou François Dalou ...  Company President 2 episodes, 1987
Jean-Claude Deret Jean-Claude Deret ...  Niels Bohr 2 episodes, 1987
William Doherty William Doherty ...  Weapons Testing Colonel 2 episodes, 1987
Rosemary Dunsmore ...  Jean O'Leary 2 episodes, 1987
Peter Dvorsky ...  Ernest Lawrence 2 episodes, 1987
Maryline Even Maryline Even ...  Irène Joliot-Curie 2 episodes, 1987
Denis Forest ...  Klaus Fuchs 2 episodes, 1987
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ...  Landlady 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Ironside ...  Werner Heisenberg 2 episodes, 1987
Vjenceslav Kapural Vjenceslav Kapural ...  George Kistiakowski 2 episodes, 1987
Jim Kaufman Jim Kaufman ...  Norris Bradbury 2 episodes, 1987
Ian Marshall Ian Marshall ...  James Chadwick 2 episodes, 1987
Perica Martinovic Perica Martinovic ...  Rose Bethe 2 episodes, 1987
Charles Millot Charles Millot ...  Otto Hahn 2 episodes, 1987
Michael Morris Michael Morris ...  Company Executive 2 episodes, 1987
Barry Morse ...  Secretary Henry Stimson 2 episodes, 1987
Leslie Nielsen ...  Lewis Strauss 2 episodes, 1987
Jean-Gabriel Nordmann Jean-Gabriel Nordmann ...  John von Neumann 2 episodes, 1987
Silvije Petranovic ...  Young Nazi 2 episodes, 1987
Jean-Louis Rolland Jean-Louis Rolland ...  Earl of Suffolk 2 episodes, 1987
Alan Rossett Alan Rossett ...  Arthur Compton 2 episodes, 1987
Joe Sheridan ...  MP Officer 2 episodes, 1987


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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English | French

Release Date:

1987 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hora cero: Carrera hacia el holocausto See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Superb docudrama that cover the subject to it's fullest.
11 October 2006 | by audibleSee 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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