Despite the considerable creative and technical talents of those involved, FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY is slow, stilted, and stultifying. Paul Newman plays General Leslie Groves, the tough-minded career soldier who oversees the Manhattan Project, which was to create the atomic bomb. The liaison
between scientists and military is physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Dwight Schultz), whose left-leaning political past and affair with radical Jean Tatlock (Natasha Richardson) have brought him under constant government scrutiny. Ironically, Groves, a dyed-in-the-wool patriot, finds himself in the
position of defending Oppenheimer from his detractors. Besides the uneasy relations...