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Day One (1989)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 5 March 1989
The complicated relationship between physicist Leo Szilard, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. Assigned to oversee the project, Groves chooses Oppenheimer to build ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Peter Wyden (book), David W. Rintels (teleplay)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Gen. Leslie Groves
David Strathairn ... J. Robert Oppenheimer
Michael Tucker ... Leo Szilard
Hume Cronyn ... James F. Byrnes
Richard Dysart ... President Harry S. Truman
Hal Holbrook ... Gen. George Marshall
Barnard Hughes ... Secretary of War Henry Stimson
John McMartin ... Dr. Arthur Compton
David Ogden Stiers ... President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Anne Twomey Anne Twomey ... Kitty Oppenheimer
Lawrence Dane
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Colonel Pash
Olek Krupa ... Edward Teller
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney
John Pielmeier John Pielmeier ... Seth
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Storyline

The complicated relationship between physicist Leo Szilard, scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves. Assigned to oversee the project, Groves chooses Oppenheimer to build the historic bomb. However, when World War II inspires the government to use the weapon, Szilard reconsiders his opinions about atomic warfare. Written by Jwelch5742

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Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nap See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Houseman was originally cast to play Dr Compton but had to back out because of illness and died a few months later. See more »

Goofs

During the flight to Hiroshima, the footage alternates between a B-29 and a B-17. The B-17 engines are staggered on the wing from the fuselage, while the B-29 engines are straight on the wing. See more »

Quotes

[before the Trinity test, to Oppenheimer]
Gen. Leslie Groves: Robert - don't you ever worry the war will be over before the bomb is ready to drop?
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The world is headed for trouble.
15 October 2010 | by BERSERKERpoetrySee all my reviews

"Day One" feels like a portrait of the longest pre-meditated murder in the history of mankind. There are the killers, the unwitting accomplices, and the witnesses. It's all so well-documented, so perfectly arranged. This is the coldest kind of tale imaginable. Given the opportunity to put a distance of emotion and miles between the countless innocent dead and some perceived military victory, a country at large was deceived into believing that some great good or justice was being served.

In spite of how you or I might see the results of the design, construction and eventual detonation of the first nuclear devices, this film doesn't take sides. Brian Dennehy and David Strathairn (two of my favorite actors) create incredibly believable characters. Michael Tucker, who looks very much like Leo Szilard, is excellent as well. I enjoyed Joseph Sargent's directorial work, a sort of off-hand realist quality he brings to nearly all his films. It serves the story well. "Day One" is a good film, just not the most engaging or tightly woven one. Your interest should depend directly on your familiarity with the subject matter.


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