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The China Syndrome [Special Edition]

  • PG
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this timely, tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources who is present at a nuclear plant when a startling accident occurs that nearly causes the meltdown of the reactor. A newsreel cameraman accompanying Wells, played by a determined Michael Douglas, captures the incident on film--but the television station won't air the footage. Though the plant's corporate heads are quick to deny the possibility of any real danger, Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon), the plant's veteran engineer, discovers faulty equipment at the plant. Attempting to tell others about his findings, Jack soon realizes that someone is trying to kill him to keep him quiet, leading him to an act of utter desperation. The film is a marvel to behold--at turns gripping, stirring, exhilarating, and maddening, with fabulous performances, especially by Lemmon, who is simply marvelous. In a bizarre bit of synchronicity, the film was produced just before the March 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

    Cannes Best Actor 1979 Jack Lemmon American Actor, SOME LIKE IT HOT

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 06708

  • Credits
    Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, John Uhler Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton, Jim Hampton, Peter Donat, Wilford Brimley, A. Wilford Brimley, Richard Herd, Daniel Valdez
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[A] compelling thriller about the perils of nuclear energy....Superior performances by Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas..."
    Variety

    "...Smashingly effective....[Fonda] keeps getting better and better."
    New York Times

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