Day One 33 years old

This day will go down in history as a black mark against mankind.

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given to no-nonsense Gen. Leslie Groves who selects physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to head the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico, where the bomb is built. As World War II draws to a close, Szilard has second thoughts about atomic weapons, and policy makers debate how and when to use the bomb.

Credits

Day One Cast

Name Character
David Strathairn He was 40, now 74 years old as J. Robert Oppenheimer
Hal Holbrook He was 64, now 97 years old as Gen. George Marshall
Brian Dennehy He was 50, now 84 years old as Gen. Leslie Groves
David Ogden Stiers He was 46, 75 years old when he died as Franklin D. Roosevelt
Tony Shalhoub He was 35, now 69 years old as Enrico Fermi
Richard Dysart He was 59, 86 years old when he died as President Harry S. Truman
Olek Krupa He was 33, now 67 years old as Edward Teller
Ken Pogue He was 54, 81 years old when he died as Dwight D. Eisenhower
Patrick Breen He was 28, now 62 years old as Richard Feynman
Hume Cronyn He was 77, 91 years old when he died as James F. Byrnes
John McMartin He was 59, 86 years old when he died as Dr. Arthur Compton
Lawrence Dane He was 51, now 85 years old
David Bolt He was 22, 49 years old when he died as Harry Gold
Vlasta Vrána He was 39, now 73 years old as Hans Bethe
Philip Spensley as British Sr. Officer
Michael Sinelnikoff He was 60, now 94 years old as Lord Rutherford
Timothy Webber as Colonel Lansdale
Barnard Hughes He was 73, 90 years old when he died as Henry Stimson
Dee McCafferty as William 'Deke' Parsons
Scott Thomson He was 31, now 65 years old as Chemist
David Ferry He was 37, now 71 years old as Army Major
Anne Twomey She was 37, now 71 years old as Kitty Oppenheimer
Michael J. Reynolds He was 49, 78 years old when he died as Kenneth Bainbridge
Robert Morelli as T. O. Jones
Michael Tucker He was 44, now 77 years old as Leo Szilard
Tom Butler He was 38, now 72 years old as Captain DeSilva
John Pielmeier He was 40, now 73 years old as Seth
Ester Spitz as Trude Weiss
Ron Frazier He was 49, 64 years old when he died as Colonel Pash
Terrence Labrosse He was 56, 70 years old when he died as Allan Dulles
Alan Scarfe He was 42, now 76 years old
Harry Standjofski He was 29, now 63 years old as Robert Wilson
David Gow He was 32, now 66 years old as Jack Wisnovsky
Kliment Denchev He was 49, 69 years old when he died as Michael Polanyi
George R. Robertson He was 55, now 89 years old as Ed Condon
John Seitz He was 51, 67 years old when he died as Ralph A. Bard
Bernie McInerney He was 52, now 86 years old
Lia Sargent She was 32, now 65 years old as Mrs. Wisnovsky
Lorne Brass He was 29, now 63 years old as Klaus Fuchs
Nicholas Kilbertus as Paul Tibbets
Gary Reineke He was 44, now 78 years old as Groves's Commanding Officer
Norris Domingue as General Pa Watson
Jonathan Wise as Robert Serber

Day One Crew

Name Department
David W. Rintels as Writer. He was 51 (now 85) years old Writing
Renée April as Costume Design. Costume & Make-Up
Day One poster
Day One (33 years)

This day will go down in history as a black mark against mankind.

  • Release day: Friday, May 12, 1989
  • Runtime: 141 minutes