The Manhattan Project (1986)

PG-13 06/13/1986 (US) Science FictionThriller 1h 58m

Paul Stevens' high school science project has gotten a little out of hand. He just built an atomic bomb. Now he's got 11 hours to make sure it doesn't work.


Named after the World War II-era program, the plot revolves around a gifted high school student who decides to construct a nuclear bomb for a national science fair. The film's underlying theme involves the Cold War of the 1980s when government secrecy and mutually assured destruction were key political and military issues.

  1. Marshall Brickman

    Director, Writer

  2. Thomas Baum


Top Billed Cast

  1. John Lithgow

    John Lithgow

    John Mathewson

  2. Christopher Collet

    Christopher Collet

    Paul Stephens

  3. Cynthia Nixon

    Cynthia Nixon

    Jenny Anderman

  4. Jill Eikenberry

    Jill Eikenberry

    Elizabeth Stephens

  5. John Mahoney

    John Mahoney

    Lt. Col. Conroy

  6. Richard Jenkins

    Richard Jenkins

    Radiation Controls Officer

  7. Robert Sean Leonard

    Robert Sean Leonard


  8. Steve Blum

    Steve Blum

    Laser Efficiency Kid (as Richard Cardona)

  9. Sarah Burke

    Jenny's Parent

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Full Cast & Crew

The Manhattan Project
The Manhattan Project

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $18,000,000.00

Revenue $3,900,000.00


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