PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.
"Fat Man", according to the Atomic Heritage Foundation, "was the second plutonium, implosion-type bomb. The first was the 'Gadget' detonated at the Trinity site on July 16, 1945. In the implosion-type device, a core of sub-critical plutonium is surrounded by several thousand pounds of high-explosive designed in such a way that the explosive force of the HE is directed inwards thereby crushing the plutonium core into a super-critical state. Dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, it was the second nuclear weapon used in a war".
Gen. Leslie R. Groves:
I want three stories. The first, if we succeed. The second, if we fail. The third, if we disintegrate.
Many of the Jeeps used in the film are postwar versions.
$1,476,994 (USA) (20 October 1989)
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