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The China Syndrome (1979)

PG  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  16 March 1979 (USA)
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A reporter finds what appears to be a cover-up of safety hazards at a nuclear power plant.

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While doing a series of reports on alternative energy sources, an opportunistic reporter Kimberly Wells witnesses an accident at a nuclear power plant. Wells is determined to publicise the incident but soon finds herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to keep the full impact of the incident a secret. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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People who know the meaning of "The China Syndrome" are scared. Soon _you_ will know. See more »

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El síndrome de China  »

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SEK 8,390,477 (Sweden)
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Since the movie came out only twelve days before the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania, some conspiracy theorists claim the studio deliberately staged the accident to publicize the film. There is, of course, no evidence for this. See more »

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When Jack sets down his coffee cup, just after the earthquake, the handle points towards the edge of the counter. In the close up the handle points to the corner. See more »

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Jack Godell: I know the vibration was not normal.
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Art imitates life
17 December 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

As someone who lives a sneeze away from TMI, I can tell you how this movie was received in my area...people were terrified.

The administrators at TMI were hardly forthcoming about the situation. Some of the advice we got now seems laughable; I was in HS at the time, and for our protection, the teachers closed all the windows...wow. My one social studies teacher went to see the movie, and when they got to the part about the meltdown destroying an area the size of PA, he said that people started screaming.

So this movie is pretty surreal for me; it seems that it was only dumb luck that kept the plant from a meltdown. Every now and then I drive past it, and it still seems as sinister as it did then. Watching "The China Syndrome" seemed like watching the local news.


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