The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome

DVD - 1999
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A television news reporter and a cameraman uncover a startling incident while investigating a nuclear power plant.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, c1999
ISBN: 9780767821728
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Chi
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 10, 2019

After watching HBO's amazing Chernobyl miniseries, I found myself thinking about the collective American freak-out that was Three Mile Island, and that made me want to see The China Syndrome again for the first time in decades.

It holds up very well. Sure, it's to some extent an anti-nuke propaganda piece, but it won four Oscars and had me on the edge of my seat. It was released just two weeks before Three Mile Island, which as someone says in a video extra, is no doubt the greatest example ever of life imitating art.

Give it a shot - once you look past the boxy cars, the lack of LA traffic, and Jane Fonda teasing her hair, I think you'll find it's more than anti-nuke (although the protestors keep asking what we're planning to do about the waste, a question that still hasn't been answered). It's also an unflinching look at 70's sexism, corporate decision-making, and TV news.

jane fonda is a name that strikes intolerance into the hearts, bones, and minds of the vietnam and other u.s. wars vet. too bad they did not see this in the theatres. Did 3 Mile Island have to happen? Oh, well, Chernobyl is the disaster which comes quickest to their tongue. They should watch some RT on their cable tvs; then they might learn something useful to use in THIS country. The DVD, NO NUKES (the concert) is available in the kcls catalog, last i checked.....P.S. since i wrote this, RT (Russian Television) has vanished from the cable; guess i talked it up too much on the ever-vigilant bus system hereaparts.

Mar 25, 2018

The movie hinges on the main characters played by Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, and Jack Lemmon. They give it their all, and the dramatic events feel genuinely compelling. It's understandably a product of its time, with advancements in nuclear energy making the situation portrayed in the movie more sensationalistic than realistic given current technology. However, the film remains totally worth seeing.

Oct 25, 2015

If atomic paranoia films of the 50s relied on giant ants and incredible shrinking men to strike fear into the hearts of ordinary civilians, the 70s and 80s brought things closer to home with tales of homegrown disaster and a nuclear energy cabal which would do anything to protect its investments. Released just a few weeks before the Three Mile Island accident (and four years after Alabama's Browns Ferry incident) this movie struck a chord with audiences still grappling with the reality of nuclear power plants springing up all over an energy-starved America. Beautifully acted with tight editing and cinematography that makes great use of TV cameras and behind-the-scenes politicking, this is one of the better examples of the genre.

Oct 02, 2010

This is the best movie I have ever seen!


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