The Manhattan Project (1986) Movie Review Summary

Actors: John Lithgow, Christopher Collet, Cynthia Nixon, Jill Eikenberry, John Mahoney

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Paul Stevens (Collet) is an acknowledged genius among his peers. He plays brainy pranks on fellow students and has a restless, active mind. When his mother (Eikenberry) meets a research physicist (Lithgow) and they become interested in each other, Stevens gets worried. His worry increases after discovering the medical lab where the doctor claims to work is a front. It is handling atomic materials, specifically weapons grade plutonium.
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With the help of his fellow student and budding love interest (Nixon), Stevens breaks into the plant and steals some of the super-pure plutonium. At first, the task is challenge enough. Now he wants to build his own atomic bomb for the science fair.

Trouble ensues when the feds find shampoo in place of some of the plutonium. One army colonel in particular (Mahoney) wants to preserve the secrecy of the nuclear weapons lab at any cost.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Technology/treasure/info search    -   Yes involving:    -   nukes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics    -   Super genius


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   non-gory references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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