Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)




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Movie Info

This historically-based film recounts the creation of the first atomic bomb and the people who played a vital role in its development during World War II. Revolving around the relationship between General Leslie Groves (Paul Newman), the military man in charge of the Manhattan Project, and scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz), the story is marked with conflict and resolution as the two try to work together to reach a common goal.

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Paul Newman
as Gen. Leslie R. Groves
Dwight Schultz
as J. Robert Oppenheimer
Bonnie Bedelia
as Kitty Oppenheimer
John Cusack
as Michael Merriman
Laura Dern
as Kathleen Robinson
John C. McGinley
as Richard Schoenfield
Natasha Richardson
as Jean Tatlock
Ron Vawter
as Jamie Latrobe
Michael Brockman
as William `Deke' Parsons
Del Close
as Dr. Kenneth Whiteside
John Considine
as Robert Tuckson
Alan Corduner
as Franz Goethe
Joseph D'Angerio
as Seth Neddermeyer
Jon De Vries
as Johnny Mount
James Eckhouse
as Norbert Harper
Todd Field
as Robert Wilson
Mary Pat Gleason
as Dora Welsh
Clark Gregg
as Douglas Panton
Peter Halasz
as George Kistiakowsky
Gerald Hiken
as Leo Szilard
Arthur Holden
as Oakridge Doctor
Ed Lauter
as Whitney Ashbridge
Madison Mason
as Boris Pash
Don Pugsley
as Bronson
Logan Ramsey
as Gen. Brehon Somervell
Fred Dalton Thompson
as Melrose Hayden Barry
Jim True-Frost
as Donald Hornig
Barry Yourgrau
as Edward Teller
Steven Baigelman
as Dr. Avenell
David Brainard
as Samuel Allison
Roger Cubicciotti
as Frank Oppenheimer
Franco Cutietta
as Enrico Fermi
Robert Peter Gale
as Dr. Louis Hempelmann
David C. Parnes
as Raincoat Man
Allen Poirson
as Howard McDonald
David Politzer
as Robert Serber
Bill Rubenstein
as Times Reporter
Ken Strausbaugh
as Observation Officer
Walter Sullivan
as Henry Stimson
Brian Wandell
as Dennis Talmudge
John Williams (II)
as Mack Stoddard
Ron Frazier
as Peer de Silva
Wesley Harrison
as Peter Oppenheimer
Brent Harrison
as Peter Oppenheimer
Marek Alboszta
as Scientist
Tom McFarlane
as Scientist
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Critic Reviews for Fat Man and Little Boy

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

[Fat Man] is not resoundingly disastrous. That would imply a certain energy.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

A singular, powerful experience.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Drama about development of atomic bomb; violence, language.

August 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A boring film that fails to transcend from its basic idea, remaining as a story without too much tell about that small group, and how it affects their work to their respective personal lives. [Full review in Spanish]

November 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Disappointing biopic about A-bomb creation

November 7, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Fat Man and Little Boy

Its an amateurish disaster.There is no focus and any serious moral posturing that could have been put worth is ruined by oversimplifying the questions and the answers.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Sheesh almost as dull as an Adams opera about the Manhattan project.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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