• Publication date: September 14, 2009

Fat Man and Little Boy

This film re-enacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Program data

Duration: 150

Production Year: 1989

MBC 2:

March 30, 2014 06:45 (KSA) ~ March 30, 2014 05:45 (CLT)

General Leslie Groves is a hard-nosed career soldier who in 1942 finds himself the reluctant "nursemaid" to a group of idealistic scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

As the military head of the top-secret Manhattan Project, Groves intends to have the operation run by the book--and failing that, to have things his way at all costs.

The tale narrows down to a battle of egos between Groves and atomic scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, in his own way as contentious and childishly single-purposed as the general.


  • Paul Newman
  • Dwight Schultz
  • Bonnie Bedelia
  • John Cusack
  • Laura Dern

Directed by: Roland Joffé