Rolling Stone - 11/16/1989
"...[Newman gives] a flamboyant star turn..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/20/1989
"...Newman and Schultz are arrestingly matched....Joffe has made a permanent contribution to our national insomnia..."
Director Roland Joffé's FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY is a historical drama about the lives of the participants in the Manhattan Project--the making and perfecting of the atomic bomb that took place in New Mexico during World War II. Paul Newman stars as General Leslie Groves, a hardened and cynical soldier who oversees the project while working with its leading scientist, the brilliant J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz). As the scientists come closer to controlling the awesome force of nuclear power, lives are torn apart and families destroyed by the fear and tension created by the ethical and moral dilemma surrounding the project. This exhilarating and harrowing drama depicts a strange dichotomy between the brilliant but naive scientists who created the bomb and the power-hungry government, who had only an archaic understanding of the way their actions would change the nature of war.
FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY is the story of the feisty military man and the mercurial scientist who, together, change the course of World War II--and humanity--with the invention of the nuclear bomb.
Historic Events |
Historic Figures |
Nuclear Destruction |
Theatrical Release |
World War II |
Shooting began in October 24, 1988, and completed on October 20, 1989.
Estimates budget: $15-20 million.
Little Boy was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, only 21 days after the test bomb was dropped at the Trinity site in New Mexico. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, Fat Man was dropped on Nagasaki. As a result of both bombings, at least 200,000 people died. Japan surrendered unconditionally to the United States in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945, ending World War II.