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The Beginning or the End(1947)

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  • Excellent movie

    • June
    • 1/20/14

    I thoroughly enjoyed this move in spite of any errors. I have searched every online site to find a copy on DVD or video to purchase and cannot find one. I would love to have it on DVD! Is one available anywhere?? My husband is retired USAF pilot and would like very much to see this. He missed it on TCM. Any help is greatly appreciated.junemoline@cableone.net

  • How Hollywood once supported America

    • Danny Lee
    • 1/18/14

    Anyone with knowledge of the Manhattan Project would see the many discrepancies and historical/political inaccuracies in the film but considering it was made only a year or so after the end of World War Two and with the security concerns, it holds up very well. The many scientist who are opposed to making the bomb and/or using it after completion is correct shown but thank heaven the bomb was dropped. My late Father always said the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved his life. After three years infantry fighting in Europe, he was scheduled to transfer to the Pacific for the planned invasion of Japan. Had he died, I would not be here to wrote this review.Seeing 'The Beginning or the End' today make one realize it is a period piece with acting and romantic sub-plots set in the time frame of World War Two film making when the motion picture industry wholeheartedly supported the United States of America. Nowadays, Hollywood is very anti-American as it yearly churns out films that knock the American Way of Life and our military men and women. When a film like 'Lone Survivor' comes along that supports our troops, many in the media cast it as right-wing pro-war propaganda. Funny, films like Robert Redford's 'Lions for Lambs' and 'The Company You Keep' and Matt Damon's 'Green Zone' bomb at the box office while 'Lone Survivor' is a money making hit.It makes on wonder when Hollywood will discovery the fool's errand it is on--

  • the beginning or the end

    • len pena
    • 1/18/14

    excellent movie. have not seen it in years. i missed the opening sequence with the time capsule. please put this on video. only movie that rivals this one is fatman and little boy with Paul Newman

  • Great educational movie

    • BA
    • 1/18/14

    This movie is a well executed history of the making of the atomic bomb. I would like to have it on DVD so as to educate my entire family about one of the most critical times in our nation's history.

  • Beginning or the end

    • Bob D
    • 7/15/13

    You put the Liberace movie "Sincerely Yours", as reputed terrible movie on DVD but this classic movie about the atom bomb, you show once on Jan. 2 at 6AM and never again. Please show this movie on TCM again if not also put it on DVD. Thanks.

  • The Beginning or the End

    • Greg Zablocki
    • 2/2/12

    I missed this movie when you aired it last week. Please show it again in the near future. Or tell me where I can buy it. Greg Zablocki

  • A chain reaction

    • Steve Cooper
    • 1/5/12

    Got up at 5 a.m. January 2 to watch this movie. The last time I saw it I was about 8 years old. Why isn't it on DVD? Early in the movie, there's a scene depicting the first chain reaction under a stadium in Chicago. All these years later, the scene was exactly as I remembered it from I last saw "Beginning or . . . " Still riveting! This film should not be discarded or ignored. So thanks, TCM, for showing it. I hope younger people get a chance to see it so they, too, can understand the monumental effort that was the Manhattan Project and so they can also understand that all of us still live under a cloud of danger. Please, TCM, replay the film during a primetime hour!

  • Ya gotta show this movie again

    • Jim VanEpps
    • 1/4/12

    I saw most of this the other morning on TCM (missed the beginning). What I did see was fascinating. There's a great cast of character actors from the '40s. The story of the development of the A-bomb held my interest throughout. I hope TCM will consider airing it again in the near future.

  • the Beginning or the end

    • Bob D'Agostino
    • 9/17/10

    This is the best and most comprehensive movie made about the building and dropping of the atomic bomb. I enjoyed it thoroughly in my youth and hope against hope that TCM shows it on their network. I would also purchase it if on DVD.

  • the beginning or the end

    • Buford Eastep
    • 8/2/10

    This movie was made before atomic energy became a bad word. It is not filled with propaganda as in the later films on this subject. I love Brian Donlevy. He does a great job as Gen Lesle Groves.This movie was a great influence on my life.

  • Remember this movie from my adolexcence

    • Steve R.
    • 7/19/10

    I remember this movie very fondly from my youth. I've been going crazy trying to get to see it again. It made quite an impression on this young scientist.

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