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Hiroshima aka Day One [DVD][1989]

Brian Dennehy , David Strathairn , Joseph Sargent    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Hume Cronyn, Hal Holbrook, Barnard Hughes
  • Directors: Joseph Sargent
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Quantum
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NJGS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,556 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Dramatic account of the race to develop the atomic bomb, the ethics and politics behind it, and the events which led to its use at the end of World War 2. It begins with Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard (Michael Tucker) discovering how to split the atom and subsequently attempting to persuade the US government to build an atom bomb. The government takes up the challenge, and assigns the hard-nosed military-man General Leslie Groves (Brian Dennehy) to oversee the project. But as the weapon nears completion, many involved begin to have doubts about what they have created.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Product and seller review 29 Dec 2010
This DVD is very good being both historically insightful and good entertainment. The product was received as described and I recommend the seller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthy but a bit dull 18 Jan 2014
I wonder if this film was written in response to some anniversary connected with the bombing of Hiroshima, as it has the air of having been written because someone, somewhere, felt that such an anniversary couldn't go by with out being commemorated (this was a strong feature of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's landing in America - there were films such as "Conquest of Paradise" which made me think that there must have been a bunch of studio execs somewhere saying "Oh, I su-PPOSE we'll have to make a film about it"). It had a great cast - inter alia Hal Holbrook, Hume Cronyn and - what more could you ask? - Brian Dennehy, all acting their socks off and all putting in faultless performances. And yet, things were amiss.
Firstly, there was the soundtrack. Though this flick must have had a very large budget to have been able to cast it so well, it sounded as if the audio system used was distinctly cheap and shoddy or, alternatively, operated by amateurs or incompetents. Dialogue faded in and out and thus was frequently hard to follow, giving the air of a poverty-row production, or something made by Alex Cox. Then there was the pacing, or lack of it. There was no sense of dramatic momentum - one scene followed another, but there was sense of any connection between them, almost as if they had all ben written by different writers and then assembled like a liberty ship. You need a bit of va-va-voom to give legs to a story, especially one like this, so heavily dependent on technical exposition to get its message across, but unfortunately that was totally missing here. And, when the story moved into location territory - such as when pre-war London and freshly-liberated France were shown - the sense of amateurism and lack of money again stood out painfully.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative Title? 14 Jun 2012
An excellent film.
About 85% of it content concerns the pre, start and finish regarding the history of '*THE MANHATTEN PROJECT'. This, in my view, is what the film title ought to have been and is the only/single critisism I have of it, as only a small section is about the actual real title of the film.
All the acting is great but as usual Brian Denehy is stand out and not only for his sheer size!
Incidentally, there are more reviews on Amazon U.S.A.
The film to dvd transfer is good but certainly not to a restored/remastered excellence.
If you want to know about *this topic I'd recomend that you: BUY, BUY, BUY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome film 21 Sep 2013
By keef
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
amazing true story., i watch this dvd and am busting to go to the toilet, but just cant pause this gripping film, and i just paid 1.27 for it, what amazing value
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