History Film / TheManhattanProject

15th Apr '16 1:26:37 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: If Paul had done what virtually every other science/engineering fair kid does and built a *mockup* of his atomic bomb. He wanted to fry bigger fish, though, and got WAY more then he bargained for.
28th Feb '16 5:34:16 AM lipranzer
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* DawsonCasting: Averted here. Most of the high school students we see are old enough to drive and are taking physics, which implies that they are probably at least 16 years old. Pretty much every actor in the film who plays a high school student (including Christopher Collett and Cynthia Nixon) was under 20 years old at the time of filming.



-->'''Paul:''' Who's Anne Frank

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-->'''Paul:''' Who's Anne FrankFrank?
28th Feb '16 5:33:23 AM lipranzer
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* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: More like a Historical Osmosis Failure, but:
-->'''Jenny:''' This isn't funny. Do you know what this is like? It's like when you read about, I don't know, [[Literature/TheDiaryOfAYoungGirl Anne Frank]] or something and you say to yourself, Jesus, why didn't they do something? The whole world is collapsing. They just sat around, life as usual, maybe it'll go away, but it never goes away; it only gets worse and nobody thinks about the future. What's the matter?
-->'''Paul:''' Who's Anne Frank
-->'''Jenny:''' [[DeadpanSnarker She's in my English class]].
27th Dec '15 1:52:11 PM nombretomado
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* NoNameGiven: Actor [[SixFeetUnder Richard Jenkins]] receives billing only as "Radiation Controls Officer - Medatomic Labs". The character actually does have a name: Miles Wilson. Each part of his name, however, is only said once, and even then said in different parts of the movie. He is never actually referred to in the film as "the Radiation Controls Officer".

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* NoNameGiven: Actor [[SixFeetUnder [[Series/SixFeetUnder Richard Jenkins]] receives billing only as "Radiation Controls Officer - Medatomic Labs". The character actually does have a name: Miles Wilson. Each part of his name, however, is only said once, and even then said in different parts of the movie. He is never actually referred to in the film as "the Radiation Controls Officer".
16th Dec '15 4:32:39 PM nombretomado
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Paul Stephens (Christopher Collett) is a TeenGenius and HighSchoolHustler from Ithaca, New York (best known as being the home of [[IvyLeague Cornell University]]). His divorced mother (Jill Eikenberry) starts dating nuclear scientist Dr. John Mathewson (John Lithgow), who runs the lab at "Medatomics", ostensibly doing research in nuclear medicine. The Medatomics lab, however, is just a cover story for Mathewson's real work, which is refining plutonium to previously unheard-of purities for use in nuclear weapons.

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Paul Stephens (Christopher Collett) is a TeenGenius and HighSchoolHustler from Ithaca, New York (best known as being the home of [[IvyLeague [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Cornell University]]). His divorced mother (Jill Eikenberry) starts dating nuclear scientist Dr. John Mathewson (John Lithgow), who runs the lab at "Medatomics", ostensibly doing research in nuclear medicine. The Medatomics lab, however, is just a cover story for Mathewson's real work, which is refining plutonium to previously unheard-of purities for use in nuclear weapons.



* IvyLeague: The film is set in Ithaca, New York, the home of Cornell University. Although the school is never shown in the film, Paul mentions that his father used to be a professor of architecture there.
16th Sep '15 10:33:53 AM ArchTeryx
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: If Paul had done what virtually every other kid genius does and built a *mockup* of his atomic bomb to enter in the science fair. He wanted to fry bigger fish, though, and got WAY more then he bargained for.

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: If Paul had done what virtually every other science/engineering fair kid genius does and built a *mockup* of his atomic bomb to enter in the science fair.bomb. He wanted to fry bigger fish, though, and got WAY more then he bargained for.
16th Sep '15 10:33:03 AM ArchTeryx
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: If Paul had done what virtually every other kid genius does and built a *mockup* of his atomic bomb to enter in the science fair. He wanted to fry bigger fish, though, and got WAY more then he bargained for.
11th Sep '15 7:32:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* NoNameGiven / WhoIsThisGuyAgain: Actor [[SixFeetUnder Richard Jenkins]] receives billing only as "Radiation Controls Officer - Medatomic Labs". The character actually does have a name: Miles Wilson. Each part of his name, however, is only said once, and even then said in different parts of the movie. He is never actually referred to in the film as "the Radiation Controls Officer".

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* NoNameGiven / WhoIsThisGuyAgain: NoNameGiven: Actor [[SixFeetUnder Richard Jenkins]] receives billing only as "Radiation Controls Officer - Medatomic Labs". The character actually does have a name: Miles Wilson. Each part of his name, however, is only said once, and even then said in different parts of the movie. He is never actually referred to in the film as "the Radiation Controls Officer".
7th Sep '15 1:06:20 PM nombretomado
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Paul decides to steal plutonium from [[TheGovernment the lab]] and use it to build an atomic bomb, partly to Make A Point, but mostly Because He Can. Paul thinks, correctly, that he has the most epic Science Fair project ever, and enters it in a Science Fair in NewYorkCity. When Dr. Mathewson and the U.S. Army figure out what Paul is up to, they are not impressed.

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Paul decides to steal plutonium from [[TheGovernment the lab]] and use it to build an atomic bomb, partly to Make A Point, but mostly Because He Can. Paul thinks, correctly, that he has the most epic Science Fair project ever, and enters it in a Science Fair in NewYorkCity.UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. When Dr. Mathewson and the U.S. Army figure out what Paul is up to, they are not impressed.



* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted. The film is set in Ithaca, New York, which is in the middle of UsefulNotes/NewYorkState about halfway between NewYorkCity and Buffalo. While not filmed in Ithaca itself, it was still filmed largely in Upstate New York.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted. The film is set in Ithaca, New York, which is in the middle of UsefulNotes/NewYorkState about halfway between NewYorkCity UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity and Buffalo. While not filmed in Ithaca itself, it was still filmed largely in Upstate New York.
25th Jun '15 7:23:28 AM Morgenthaler
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A 1986 thriller with liberal dashes of BlackComedy and GallowsHumor plus just a touch of [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hard science fiction]]. Belongs to the same genre as ''WarGames'', as both films feature bright high school kids who almost single-handedly cause an international nuclear crisis. Although less high-spirited and possibly more {{Anvilicious}} than ''WarGames'', ''TheManhattanProject'' is still good fun.

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A 1986 thriller with liberal dashes of BlackComedy and GallowsHumor plus just a touch of [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness hard science fiction]]. Belongs to the same genre as ''WarGames'', as both films feature bright high school kids who almost single-handedly cause an international nuclear crisis. Although less high-spirited and possibly more {{Anvilicious}} than ''WarGames'', ''TheManhattanProject'' ''Film/WarGames'', ''The Manhattan Project'' is still good fun.
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