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Manhattan Project, The Movie

Movie Summary for Manhattan Project, The


This 80's movie is about a high school student who, with no evil intention, builds an atomic bomb. Now, he has to look for a way to dismantle it.

Manhattan Project, The DVD

DVD Release

The DVD for the movie Manhattan Project, The was released on June 4, 2002 by MGM (Video & DVD) and is rated PG-13.


In the movie The Manhattan Project, John Mathewson discovers how to obtain plutonium with a purity of 99.99%. Due to his discovery, the US government decides to provide him a laboratory full of equipment for further tests.

After he is installed in a new town, Matheswon meets Elizabeth Stephens. In order to win her affection, he decides to show Elizabeth’s kid some parts of the laboratory. However, Paul becomes suspicious of the real intentions of the lab. He breaks in and steals enough plutonium to make a nuclear bomb. Now, The Manhattan Project is a race against time.


Dr. John Mathewson - John Lithgow
Government (University Lab)-Richard Council
Government Aide - Robert Schenkkan
General - Paul Austin
Scientist - Adrian Sparks


Most of the movie The Manhattan Project was filmed in New York.

The name of the film, The Manhattan Project was based on the name of the atomic bomb project of the 1940’s.

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80's Film Facts:

The Movie Manhattan Project, The was released to theatres on 06/13/1986 by 20th Century Fox, and grossed $3,900,000 at the box office in the US.

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