A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.

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Fairly accurate recounting of the story of Karen Silkwood, the Oklahoma nuclear-plant worker who blew the whistle on dangerous practices at the Kerr-McGee plant and who died under circumstances which are still under debate. Written by Susan C. Mitchell <susanm@indirect.com>

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On November 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood, an employee of a nuclear facility, left to meet with a reporter from the New York Times. She never got there.


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27 January 1984 (USA)  »

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El caso Silkwood - Escándalo nuclear  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,600,000 (USA)
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Cher's comfort with playing Dolly was helped tremendously by Meryl Streep taking the time to put her at ease. The two women formed a fast friendship, and soon were inseparable during the film's downtime. "We hung out and drank plum wine-eww-after work," Streep told Vanity Fair in 2010. "Cher was really fun. I was smitten by her openness, both as an actress and as a person...For a showgirl, there's not a phony bone in her body." See more »

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Just under an hour into the movie, at the conclusion of the scene where Drew (Kurt Russel) pours the contents of a can of beer over his head before leaving the house, watch carefully as he then walks out of the house and out onto the porch. He can be seen striking his head with considerable force on the porch, hard enough to produce an audible noise and would surely have caused a considerable amount of pain. In the next immediate scene and thereafter, no physical sign of injury can been seen on the actor. See more »

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Man on the intercom: Name?
Karen Silkwood: Karen Silkwood.
Drew Stephens: Drew Stephens.
Dolly Pelliker: Dolly Pelliker.
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Drew's Theme
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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America the beautiful
31 July 2004 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

The lives of working class Americans are shamefully under-represented by Hollywood, and when a poor person is depicted (as something other than a criminal), it's almost always with the subtext of hope and the American dream. But hope isn't what drives someone, like the real-life Karen Silkwood, to risk her life working with plutonium for the only employer in a company town. Silkwood didn't find hope, but she did get scared, and angry, and put her job (and those of her colleagues) at stake to uncover dangerous practices before dying a mysterious death. 'Silkwood' the movie doesn't give us the glib conclusions of a conspiracy thriller (it refrains from giving an opinion on her cause of death), but it does give an excellent portrait of life at the bottom, and the mounting sense of claustrophobia and paranoia that accompanied Karen's perilous voyage of discovery. Meryl Streep does an excellent job in the title role, portraying a woman gradually losing her sanity, and the whole cast is good, even Cher in an unglamorous role. In conclusion, this is a serious and important film; and a reminder for the fortunate how hard, and ugly, life can be, even in the "land of the free".


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