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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arna-Maria Winchester ...
Ross Thompson ...
Ralph Cotterill ...
Lorna Lesley ...
Richard Moir ...
Jr. Const. Pigott
Patrick Ward ...
Laurie Moran ...
Police Sgt. McSweeney
Michael Long ...
Bill McCluskey ...
Margo Lloyd ...
Tim Burns ...
Survey driver
Arthur Sherman ...
Byron Langley
Barry Donnelly ...


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 <>

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


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25 September 1980 (Australia)  »

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Nuclear Run  »

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AUD 450,000 (estimated)

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British BBC-trained make-up artist Lesley Lamont-Fisher spent several months researching the look of radiation burns in medical textbooks for recreation in this film. See more »


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Great car stunts, just needed more of them
27 November 2010 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

A nuclear plant employee is accidentally showered in radioactive waste and his company wants to hush up the fact the water supply has been contaminated. He escapes and quickly falls under the care of race car driver Larry (Steve Bisley) and his wife Carmel (Arna-Maria Winchester) at their vacation home. Since they are corporate guys, the baddies will stop at nothing to silence the escapee and anyone who helps him. It is THE CHINA SYNDROME with car chases! This one is pretty decent but suffers from a sluggish pace at times and making a straight-forward plot convoluted. There are some nice character touches (the deaf hit-man; Hugh Keays-Byrne's eccentric anti-nuke guy). MAD MAX's George Miller was originally supposed to direct, but didn't. He did do the work on the car chases (uncredited), which are really good but the film could have used more of them. Ian Barry directed and has a good eye and stages some nice shocks. Wish it was more even though. Some guy named Mel Gibson has a two-second cameo.

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