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From: Warner

Beginning or the End, The (DVD)

DVD (UPC: 888574330200)

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Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler, Audrey Totter, Hume Cronyn, Hurd Hatfield, Joseph Calleia, Godfrey Tearle, Barry Nelson, Norman Lloyd, Ludwig StA ssel
  • Drama, Romance, War
  • 112:00 min
Price: $19.99
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When M-G-M proposed a film about the development of the atom bomb and its inherent dangers, President Harry Truman provided the title himself, advising producer Samuel Marx to make a good picture and "tell the people of this nation that for them it is the beginning or the end." A gripping dramatization of real-life events, The Beginning or the End opens prior to World War II, when American scientists under the guidance of Dr. Enrico Fermi (Joseph Calleia) win the race to split the atom. Aided by a letter from Albert Einstein (Ludwig Stossel). physicist Matt Cochran (Tom Drake) and his colleagues convince President Roosevelt (Godfrey Tearle) to authorize the construction of a nuclear weapon. Assisted by Cochran and Colonel jeff Nixon (Robert Walker), General Leslie Groves (Brian Donlevy) is placed in charge of the Manhattan Project, a billion-dollar undertaking that will culminate in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the end of WWII.


  • UPC: 888574330200
  • Release: 2015-09-22
  • Content Provider: Warner
  • Runtime: 112:00
  • Genre: Drama, Romance, War
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  • Format: DVD-NTSC
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  • Rating: G
  • Audio: DOLBY DIGITAL - English, DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND 5.1 - English, MONO - French, MONO - English
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  • Copyright: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (c) 1970 Paramount Pictures. Package Design (c) 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and (c) 2013 Paramount Pictures. Distributed by Warner Home Video, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522. Dolby and the double-D symbol
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Disc Format: DVD

Cast and Crew


Brian Donlevy
Robert Walker
Tom Drake
Beverly Tyler
Audrey Totter
Hume Cronyn
Hurd Hatfield
Joseph Calleia
Godfrey Tearle
Barry Nelson
Norman Lloyd
Ludwig StA ssel

Directed by:

Norman Taurog