"Fat Man" and "Little Boy" were the nicknames given the atomic bombs that were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the waning days of World War II. This elaborately assembled film is the story of the events leading up to the dawn of the atomic age. Paul Newman plays General Leslie Groves, a hard-nosed career soldier who in 1942 finds himself the reluctant "nursemaid" to a group of idealistic scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico. As the military head of the top-secret Manhattan Project, Groves intends to have the operation run by the book--and failing that, to have things his way at all costs. The film's storyline narrows down to a battle of egos between Groves and atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz), in his own way as contentious and childishly single-purposed as the general. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
We enjoyed this movie very much. It shows all the thought and preparation that went into building the "bomb" that has so influenced politics since. Very well done and acted. We recommend to anyone. W.Dyess
As a native of Albuquerque, NM and ; fan of Newman and Cusack, when I stumbled across this film, I had to see it. A bit sluggish in pace, but interesting storyline based on true events surrounding development of Los Alamos community and more importantly, the atomic bomb. A jolt of more other important figures, including Einstein, I think would have helped. Oppenheimer's affair was hardly worth the film time; adds nothing to it; better spent on intrigue of top secret priority of the Project better spent.
It's always a pleasure to discover a film starring the late, great Paul Newman. And it was fascinating to find out more about the controversial Manhattan Project and how it changed the world forever. I grew up in the 1950s and well remember the air raid drills in school--how they fitted us for gas masks! Excellent movie, for sure.
This is a typical Hollywood movie. It's more about characters' feelings than it is about development of the bomb. Even the military officers, who must maintain personal discipline in time of war, seem to be prone to hysteria. At the end, we're told that the bomb was used and that it killed 200,000 people. They don't mention the millions of lives - both Allied and Japanese - that were saved by shortening the war.
Ths is a great movie! Getting the bomb made i n just 19 months, was a feat only matched b y putting a man on the moon . The original Trinity site, can be visited only twice a year, i n White Sands, New Mexico. Worth a visit!
This was a pretty heavy film in that it chronicled the development of the
first A bomb in the US during WW2; the actors were realistic and
down to earth as was the scenery..Paul Newman as always does a
first class job in his role as the head of this secret agency..the scenes
where the very young John Cusak was exposed to radiation and the
results that followed were beyond immagination to behold..this gave
the film the horror potential of this weapon especially when they were
considering dropping it on Japanese cities..not many Americans were
fully aware of this horror, certainly not myself at the time. 3 stars for