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Everyone knows that teenagers are smarter than adults, and if given a chance the kids could save the world -- if they don't blow it to bits first. The Manhattan Project tells of how 16-year-old Paul Stephens (Christopher Collet) tries to alert his community to the dangers of nuclear energy. John Mathewson (John Lithgow), a doctor in a pharmaceutical research plant wherein covert plutonium experiments are taking place, is the boyfriend of Paul's mom, Elizabeth (Jill Eikenberry). While Mathewson is romantically occupied, Paul and his girl, Jenny Anderman (Cynthia Nixon), steal the plutonium and construct their own atomic bomb. They do this, of course, as a warning to foolhardy grown-ups -- none more foolhardy than the folks who put up good money to make this film. The Manhattan Project was directed by longtime Woody Allen collaborator Marshall Brickman, whose expert sense of comic timing obscures the thickheaded "message" of this picture. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 13, 1986

Cast

John Lithgow
as John Mathewson
Christopher Collet
as Paul Stephens
Cynthia Nixon
as Jenny Anderman
Jill Eikenberry
as Elizabeth Stephens
John Mahoney
as Lieutenant Colonel Conroy
Sully Boyar
as Night Guard
Dan Butler
as [Medatomics Lab]
Heather Rose Dominic
as Flirting Kid
John Doumanian
as Cabbie
Gregg Edelman
as Science Teacher
Frank Ferrara
as [Medatomics Lab]
Warren Manzi
as Day Attendant
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as [Medatomics Lab]
Steve Zettler
as [Medatomics Lab]
Richard Caselnova
as SWATS [Medatomics Lab]
Richard Jenkins
as Controler Medatomic Lab
Timothy Carhart
as Relief Guard
J.D. Cullum
as Eccles
Richard Council
as Government
Robert Schenkkan
as Civil Servant University
Paul Austin
as General
Adrian Sparks
as Scientist
Curt Dempster
as Scientist
Bran Ferren
as Lab Assistant
Robert Sean Leonard
as Max
David Quinn
as Tennis
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Craig
Katherine Hiler
as Emma
Harlan Cary Poe
as Local FBI
Ned Schmidtke
as Jenny's Dad
Manny Jacobs
as Moore
Charlie Fields
as Price [Science Fair]
Bruce Smolanoff
as Child
Tom Tarpey
as Injection Doctor
Alec Massey
as FBI
Edward D. Murphy
as FBI
Joan Harris
as TV Reporter Barbara Collins
Ken Chapin
as Controler Nuclear Urgency
Peter McRobbie
as Electronics
Warren Keith
as Computer [Nuclear Emergency Search Team]
Bruce Jarchow
as Examiner Nuclear Urgency
Stephen Markle
as Examiner Nuclear Urgency
Fred Melamed
as Assay Technician
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot [Nuclear Emergency Search Team]
Edward D. Murphy
as FBI
Fred Melamed
as Assay Technician
Dan Butler
as [Medatomics Lab]
Ken Chapin
as Controler Nuclear Urgency
Frank Ferrara
as [Medatomics Lab]
Harlan Cary Poe
as Local FBI
Warren Keith
as Computer [Nuclear Emergency Search Team]
Paul Austin
as General
Adrian Sparks
as Scientist
Richard Jenkins
as Controler Medatomic Lab
Alec Massey
as FBI
Geoffrey Nauffts
as Craig
Gregg Edelman
as Science Teacher
Jimmie Ray Weeks
as [Medatomics Lab]
Warren Manzi
as Day Attendant
Stephen Markle
as Examiner Nuclear Urgency
Curt Dempster
as Scientist
Bran Ferren
as Lab Assistant
J.D. Cullum
as Eccles
Peter McRobbie
as Electronics
Richard Council
as Government
Robert Sean Leonard
as Max
Tom Tarpey
as Injection Doctor
Charlie Fields
as Price [Science Fair]
Richard Caselnova
as SWATS [Medatomics Lab]
Bruce Jarchow
as Examiner Nuclear Urgency
Robert Schenkkan
as Civil Servant University
Katherine Hiler
as Emma
John Doumanian
as Cabbie
Manny Jacobs
as Moore
Joan Harris
as TV Reporter Barbara Collins
Heather Rose Dominic
as Flirting Kid
Bruce Smolanoff
as Child
David Quinn
as Tennis
Ned Schmidtke
as Jenny's Dad
Steve Zettler
as [Medatomics Lab]
Timothy Carhart
as Relief Guard

Crew

Marshall Brickman
Director
Marshall Brickman
Producer
Jennifer Ogden
Producer
Marshall Brickman
Screenwriter
Marshall Brickman
Book Author
Thomas Baum
Screenwriter
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Nina Feinberg
Editor
Philip Rosenberg
Production Designer
Robert Guerra
Art Director
Shay Cunliffe
Costume Designer
Abigail Murray
Costume Designer
Les Lazarowitz
Sound/Sound Designer
Bran Ferren
Special Effects
Ron Bozman
First Assistant Director
Frank Ferrara
Stunts
Jennifer Ogden
Production Manager
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