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Fat Man & Little Boy


In the remote desert of New Mexico, The Manhattan Project is materializingthe World War II effort to build the atomic bomb.

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- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010

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

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

As a medical professional, the second half of this movie was really interesting to me. Two of the scientists who worked on this bomb unwittingly became the first cases of acute radiation sickness. Little was known about radiation poisoning before the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

- clooneyfan, Friday, July 23, 2010

2 stars

If you're a history buff this is worth watching once, though might be a bit melodramatic for your tastes. It does feature the great Paul Newman and a decent supporting cast, including John Cusack and the late Natasha Richardson, but I fear a lot of what transpires in this movie was fictional, especially the romantic interludes. It seems to me they try to glamorize and sensationalize the atomic bombings of Japan. Trust me, that is something you DO NOT want to do in a film. it's embarrassing and just plain disrespectful of all that died. If there's one thing I HATE about a bad movie is if it leaves me feeling ashamed of Hollywood.

- MovieGuruDude72, Saturday, June 5, 2010

3 stars

Good cast, but they don't seem to have their hearts in their roles. The period detail is so-so. Too long for it's own good. It really drags in the middle, still, the effort was there and it was an interesting subject matter.

- jam233, Wednesday, December 2, 2009