Fat Man and Little Boy
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 20, 1989
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A singular, powerful experience.

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Alberto Abuín

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]

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An interesting historical drama, but lacks the personal touch.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Disappointing biopic about A-bomb creation

Michael Clawson
West Valley View

Intersting, insightful histo-drama with Newman doing his job above and beyond what is called for.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Serious film about the ethics of the men who ushered America into the nuclear age.

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Scott Weinberg

A bit clinical, but also quite enlightening.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Sheesh almost as dull as an Adams opera about the Manhattan project.
Alec Barniskis
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… More