The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome

DVD - 2004
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It started as just another assignment. Reporter Kimberly Wells and cameraman Richard Adams were covering the daily routine at an Los Angeles power plant when the unthinkable occurred: a nuclear accidnet that could have wiped out Southern California. And Richard caught it all on tape. When their TV station refuses to air the footage, Wells and Adams recruit plant supervisor Jack Godell to expose the terrifying truth: the facility is a ticking bomb. But with millions of dollars at stake, company officials cannot let the story break. When the trio attempts to broadcast live from the plant's control room, the utility company does everything in its power to silence Godell permanently, as the world watches.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2004]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781404961845
1404961844
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 23, 2019

The China Syndrome reveals one of the most important messages from all the films I have watched from Hollywood. The China Syndrome was directed by James Bridges who I believe was willing to seek awareness on our environment and how it may endanger our children, animals, pets, and wildlife. The China Syndrome was released as if it was predicting their fate, because not too long after a real nuclear accident occurred. It was one of the worst nuclear disasters in the history of nuclear power in the United States, which is known to many people as The Three Mile Island Accident. Although, The China Syndrome was released in the year 1979, I don't think we should call it outdated if nuclear energy continues to exist. The China Syndrome is about a female reporter by the name of Kimberly Wells (played by Jane Fonda) and her crew who visit the Ventana nuclear power plant, but an accident unexpectedly occurs. Kimberly’s cameraman Richard Adams (played by Michael Douglas) secretly films the terror in the control room. But the media won’t air the footage, as they fear a massive lawsuit. Kimberly and Richard must obtain the truth despite the fact the plant’s owners continue to conceal the truth. Jack Godell (played by Jack Lemmon) who is the shift supervisor at the reactor tries to expose the true condition of the plant by going public, because if something is not done, the plant could cause an unprecedented catastrophe. Jack is the film’s hero, but the media portrays him as the villain. Since this film is real and we are attempting to harness a dangerous energy source that is not environmentally friendly and can potentially kill thousands of people, what is the conclusion of this film? It is unfortunate that multi billion dollar industries are willing to conceal stories for the sake of their pockets, and endanger their lives and the public at the same time? Dr. Gordon Edwards who graduated from the University of Toronto educates us on the negativity of nuclear energy. Like the film, the media fails to educate us on the negativity of nuclear energy. Mainstream media seems to repeat the same stories, which is focused primarily on bread and circus (such as sports) like the Ancient Romans. Whenever an empire is focused on bread and circus, they are doomed for a downfall and like the Romans; they will ultimately end and die out. It should inspire teens as myself and everybody else to educate themselves on the dangers of nuclear energy and catastrophes like Chernobyl, Fukushima, and the Three Mile Island Accident. @janmarrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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GreenDog2006
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.

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guiltbyaccusation
Sep 13, 2018

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.

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bhg0010
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.

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Nursebob
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.

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rogerio
Oct 02, 2010

This is the best movie I have ever seen!

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