The China Syndrome

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Thriller Drama
  • Release year: 1979
  • Running time: 122 min
A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this 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 the nuclear plant... read more
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A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this 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 the nuclear plant when a startling accident occurs that nearly causes the meltdown of the reactor. A newsreel cameraman accompanying Wells (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, an attempt is made on his life. In desperation, he forcibly takes control of the power plant and invites the media to hear his ceremony. But the corporation is determined to stop him in a taut and shocking climax!

Original Release

03/16/1979

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Cast

Jane Fonda Kimberly Wells
Jack Lemmon Jack Godell
Michael Douglas Richard Adams
Scott Brady Herman De Young
James Hampton Bill Gibson
Peter Donat Don Jacovich
Wilford Brimley Ted Spindler
Richard Herd Evan McCormack
Daniel Valdez Hector Salas
Stan Bohrman Pete Martin
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

James Bridges

Writers

James Bridges, Mike Gray, T.S. Cook

Cast

Jane Fonda Kimberly Wells
Jack Lemmon Jack Godell
Michael Douglas Richard Adams
Scott Brady Herman De Young
James Hampton Bill Gibson
Peter Donat Don Jacovich
Wilford Brimley Ted Spindler
Richard Herd Evan McCormack
Daniel Valdez Hector Salas
Stan Bohrman Pete Martin
James Karen Mac Churchill
Michael Alaimo Greg Minor
Donald Hotton Dr. Lowell
Khalilah 'Belinda' Ali Marge
Paul Larson D.B. Royce
Alan Beckwith Technician
Lewis Arquette Hatcher
Ron Lombard Barney
Tom Eure Tommy
Nick Pellegrino Borden

Producers

Editors

David Rawlins

1980 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1980 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1980 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominated
1980 Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Nominated
1980 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1980 Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture Nominated
1980 Golden Globe Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1980 Golden Globe Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1980 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
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