Race for the Bomb

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Race for the Bomb (French: La Course à la bombe) is a 1987 television miniseries about the Manhattan Project, starting from the initial stages of scientific discovery that led to the creation of the atomic bomb, and ending with the beginning of the arms race.[1] The series was directed by Allan Eastman and Jean-François Delassus.[1]

The production was a joint production of a Canadian firm, Ronald Cohen Productions, and a French firm, Société Philippe Dussart.[1] In Canada the series aired on both CBC Television in English and Télévision de Radio-Canada in French, while in France it aired on TF1.

The series covers the development of many aspects related to the origin of the bomb, such as scientific, political, and personal.[2] It stars Tom Rack as Robert Oppenheimer, Maury Chaykin as Leslie Groves, Miki Manojlović as Edward Teller, Jean-Paul Muel as Leo Szilard, Michael Ironside as Werner Heisenberg and Leslie Nielsen as Lewis Strauss.[3]

Muel received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Program at the 2nd Gemini Awards,[4] and the French version was a Prix Gémeaux nominee for Best Miniseries.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Jim Bawden, "Race For The Bomb joins race for ratings". Toronto Star, January 30, 1987.
  2. ^ Tony Atherton, "Explosive scientific drama in story of international race for atom bomb". Ottawa Citizen, January 31, 1987.
  3. ^ Mike Boone, "Race for the Bomb: An international creation". Montreal Gazette, January 31, 1987.
  4. ^ Sid Adilman, "Cancelled show leads the pack in Gemini race". Toronto Star, October 22, 1987.
  5. ^ Matthew Fraser, "Hockey drama leading TV nominees". The Globe and Mail, December 11, 1987.

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