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The Chain Reaction (1980)

An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will ... See full summary »

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Ross Thompson ...
Heinrich
Ralph Cotterill ...
Gray
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Lorna Lesley ...
Gloria
Richard Moir ...
Jr. Const. Pigott
Patrick Ward ...
Oates
Laurie Moran ...
Police Sgt. McSweeney
Michael Long ...
Doctor
Bill McCluskey ...
Ralph
Margo Lloyd ...
Molly
Tim Burns ...
Survey driver
Arthur Sherman ...
Byron Langley
Barry Donnelly ...
Gateman
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An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will poison the groundwater for hundreds of miles around, and wants to warn the public. His boss, however, is only interested in protecting himself, and believes the accident should be covered up, even at the expense of thousands of lives. Heinrich escapes from the facility, but is too badly injured to get very far. Lost in the woods and suffering from amnesia, he is rescued by Larry, an auto mechanic on vacation with his wife, Carmel. As Heinrich tries to piece together his memories of what happened, his boss' thugs are quickly closing in on the trio. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A fast drive to Paradise turns into a nuclear nightmare ! See more »

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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25 September 1980 (Australia)  »

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AUD 450,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This movie's original screenplay was written a long time before the nuclear meltdown disaster at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania on 28 March 1979. However, this movie was shot about six months after this real-life nuclear accident. See more »

Goofs

In the high speed chase through the outback, at the end of the insert shot of the fisherman, you hear squealing tires, which is impossible on dirt roads. See more »

Quotes

Eagle: Listen, WALDO isn't exactly human. WALDO is a multinational corporation, working the ass-end of the nuclear cycle. Professor Heinrich and I once conjected the possibility of a high-level nuclear excursion, thats a link! Now, last night, he reversed charged a call from here, and he was cut-off before I could get the details, but it was quite obvious that he was in BIG TROUBLE!
Larry: Do me a favor mate, I've got enough trouble of my own!
Eagle: [Points outside to plane flying over] Thats trouble laddy! And ...
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References Bus Stop (1956) See more »

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A good Aussie thriller
20 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie at the Roxy Cinema,Parramatta, Sydney Australia in 1980. I thought the action stunts and story were good. Steve Bisley who played Goose in "Mad Max" in one of his early lead roles. Watch out for Mel Gibson in an unbilled role as a mechanic at the beginning of the film.


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