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How We Built the Bomb (2015)

In 1943, top scientist from around the country receive a mysterious and classified letter, it says "Go to 109 East Palace Avenue, Sante Fe, New Mexico. There you will find out how to ... See full summary »

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Seth Skundrick

Writer:

David Boodell
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Credited cast:
T.J. Mannix T.J. Mannix ... Hans Bethe
Katie Morrison
Richard O'Brien ... General Groves
Jake Paque ... Robert Wilson
Michael Raver ... Richard Feynman
Ben Reno Ben Reno ... Harold Agnew
Marc Wooters Marc Wooters ... Robert Oppenheimer
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In 1943, top scientist from around the country receive a mysterious and classified letter, it says "Go to 109 East Palace Avenue, Sante Fe, New Mexico. There you will find out how to complete your trip." Upon arriving they are transported to a lonely mesa, this will be their home for the next two years. Here amongst the sand and rock, cactus and weeds, barracks and shacks, in this primitive place they would change everything, invent new science, win a world war and bring everyone closer to extinction. Written by Anonymous

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Some New Stuff.
28 January 2018 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

There have been a number of feature films and documentaries about the building and the delivery of what was called in 1945 "the atomic bomb." Each is different from the others in its focus.

It's interesting to witness the evolution of the character of Leslie Groves, the army engineer in charge of security and discipline at Los Alamos. Here, he's an unimaginative, somewhat ambitious pragmatist. In "Day One," Brian Dennehy gave us a proud army officer faced with a challenging task. In "Oppenheimer", Groves was a jealous, suspicious, man trying with some success to control the impudent egg heads under his command. In "Fat Man and Little Boy," Paul Newman project a gruff and practical man of action.

The character of Oppy usually remains about the same, brilliant, a good organizer, whose career was torpedoed during congress's post-war hunt for Soviet sympathizers who might be spies. Oppy, who wrangled the whole untethered mess together and brought about the quick victory in the Pacific, lost his security clearance and was sent into exile, if you can convince yourself that a position at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton is "exile." Well, maybe it is. Princeton only had one decent French restaurant.

It's an arty kind of flick, consisting of interviews with actors playing the parts of the real characters while being interviewed by an off-camera reporter. There is some interpolated footage of the goings on at the Los Alamos base.

There is some new material too. Claus Fuchs, one of three Soviet spies, gets to make a brief statement. The late Richard Feyman, rarely if ever mentioned in the other treatments, is as close to a central figure as w get -- an engaging graduate student at the time who was later able to explain in plain English to an astonished public, why the Challenger had exploded in flight.

"Oppenheimr" is probably the most nuanced and thorough of the lot, but this isn't bad.


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USA

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English

Release Date:

16 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Proyecto Manhattan See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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New Animal Productions See more »
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