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Fat Man & Little Boy

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Roland Joffé

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About the Movie

In the remote desert of New Mexico, "The Manhattan Project" is materializing – the World War II effort to build the atomic bomb. Oscar-winner Paul Newman (Hud, Nobody's Fool) stars as General Leslie Groves, the military man in charge of a massive project that will produce two weapons: "Fat Man" and "Little Boy". Dwight Schultz (The Temp, Star Trek: First Contact) is J. Robert Oppenheimer, the brilliant scientist attempting to bring the startling mission to fruition. And Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern and Natasha Richardson co-star in this "stunning… profoundly moving" film (Michael Medved, Sneak Previews) that re-creates one of history's most compelling chapters… one that resulted in the mushroom-shaped specter that changed the world forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 18
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A singular, powerful experience. – Hal Hinson, Washington Post, Aug 6, 2002

Rotten: [Fat Man] is not resoundingly disastrous. That would imply a certain energy. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Aug 6, 2002

Rotten: Fat Man and Little Boy is a fiction based on the Manhattan Project, but it is thin and unfocused and hardly even suggests the enormous moral and practical questions that the scientists wrestled with in the New Mexico desert. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Good historical film

As a history nut, there are some inaccuracies and dramatizations. However, it is all-around a very entertaining movie that tells you about what went into the Manhattan Project. Fairly accurate portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer, too.

Fat Man & Little Boy

Great movie, better than I thought it would be - A great story of one of the most important projects of the war and a great leap for humanity, and this movie seems to do the story justice although it's innacurate in places. Except for the innacuracy in some parts, in entertainment I say 5 stars

Really good film

I’m willing to believe the directors took creative license. That being said, this is a powerful statement about the human plight to engineer the A-bomb. Very entertaining, and well-suited for those of us who get confused about the difference between uranium and plutonium.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1989

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