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Release Date:
27 January 1984 (USA) See more »
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.
The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Karen Silkwood

Kurt Russell ... Drew Stephens

Cher ... Dolly Pelliker

Craig T. Nelson ... Winston

Diana Scarwid ... Angela

Fred Ward ... Morgan

Ron Silver ... Paul Stone
Charles Hallahan ... Earl Lapin

Josef Sommer ... Max Richter
Sudie Bond ... Thelma Rice
Henderson Forsythe ... Quincy Bissell
E. Katherine Kerr ... Gilda Schultz

Bruce McGill ... Mace Hurley

David Strathairn ... Wesley
J.C. Quinn ... Curtis Schultz
Kent Broadhurst ... Carl
Richard Hamilton ... Georgie
Les Lannom ... Jimmy

M. Emmet Walsh ... Walt Yarborough
Graham Jarvis ... Doctor at Union Meeting

James Rebhorn ... Los Alamos Doctor

Ray Baker ... Pete Dawson
Michael Bond ... 2nd Los Alamos Doctor

Bill Cobbs ... Man in Lunchroom
Norman Colvin ... Zachary (as Norm Colvin)
Haskell Craver ... Ham
Kathie Dean ... Stewardess

Gary Grubbs ... Randy Fox
Susan McDaniel ... Karen's Child

Tana Hensley ... Karen's Child
Anthony Fernandez ... Karen's Child
Betty Harper ... May Bissell

Tess Harper ... Linda Dawson

Anthony Heald ... 2nd Doctor at Union Meeting
Nancy Hopton ... Nurse
Betty King ... Nurse
Dan Lindsey ... Man at Fence

John Martin ... Man with Flashlight

Will Patton ... Joe
Vern Porter ... Bill Charlton
Christopher Saylors ... Buddy
Don Slatton ... Man in Moonsuit (as Don Slaton)
Tom Stovall ... 3rd Los Alamos Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Addington ... Airline passenger (uncredited)

Jim Beaver ... Plant Manager (uncredited)

Pamela Clay ... Woman in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Nichols 
Writing credits
Nora Ephron (written by) &
Alice Arlen (written by)

Produced by
Larry Cano .... executive producer
Michael Hausman .... producer
Buzz Hirsch .... executive producer
Mike Nichols .... producer
Tom Stovall .... associate producer
Joel Tuber .... associate producer
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Miroslav Ondrícek (director of photography) (as Miroslav Ondricek)
Film Editing by
Sam O'Steen 
Casting by
Mary Goldberg 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein  (as Patrizia Von Brandenstein)
Art Direction by
Richard D. James  (as Richard James)
Set Decoration by
Derek R. Hill 
Dennis W. Peeples 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Makeup Department
Silvia Abascal .... hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... makeup artist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist
Marina Pedraza .... hair stylist
Production Management
Richard Brick .... unit production manager
Herb Jellinek .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hausman .... first assistant director
Joel Tuber .... second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Acord .... constructionn coordinator
Bradly E. Breitbarth .... assistant property master
John Dapper .... assistant art director
Russell Goble .... property master
Michael D. Murray .... set designer
Tom Bartholomew .... key set painter (uncredited)
Glenn Dunn .... propmaker (uncredited)
Floyd Gentry .... set painter/on-camera artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Clint Althouse .... boom operator
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Randal A. Goya .... foley mixer
Larry Jost .... production sound mixer
Stuart Lieberman .... assistant sound editor
Dan Lieberstein .... sound editor
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
Fred Rosenberg .... assistant sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Olari .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Randy Fife .... stunts
Gary Paul .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Connors .... best boy
Tom Gilligan .... best boy grip
Bob Hall .... second assistant camera
Robert Horne .... first assistant camera
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip
Mary Ellen Mark .... special photography
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Ed Quinn .... key grip
Don Reddy .... camera operator: second unit
Brian H. Reynolds .... grip
Kerry Rike .... grip
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Casting Department
Joan Sauers .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Jeff Freeman .... assistant editor
Leslie Gaulin .... assistant editor
David McCann .... post-production supervisor
John Murray .... assistant editor
David Siegel .... assistant editor
Norman Buckley .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
Jack Fitzstephens .... music editor
Howard Shore .... music coordinator
Transportation Department
James E. Foote .... transportation coordinator
Jack Mounger .... wardrobe driver
Andy Straub .... transportation captain
Other crew
John Anderson .... technical advisor
Lynn Covey .... production assistant
Stuart Fink .... publicist
Karen A. Hall .... production office coordinator
Cathy Hausman .... production assistant
Karen Koch .... production office coordinator
Susan MacNair .... assistant: Mr Nichols
John F. Massie .... production assistant
Lee R. Mayes .... location manager
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Mark Schotte .... production assistant
Tom Styron .... assistant: Mr Nichols
Mike Childress .... stage manager (uncredited)

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131 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

First of three films that actress Meryl Streep and writer-director Nora Ephron have made together. The movies include Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986) and Julie & Julia (2009), the latter being the only one that Ephron directed Streep in.See more »
Continuity: When men looking for radiation search the house, Karen and Dolly are questioned and Dolly is taken away. Soon afterward, in a close shot of Karen, Dolly is in the background.See more »
[first lines]
Man on the intercom:Name?
Karen Silkwood:Karen Silkwood.
Drew Stephens:Drew Stephens.
Dolly Pelliker:Dolly Pelliker.
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9 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A great look back at early 80s films, 28 October 1999
Author: JTatum-2 ( from Champaign, IL

I thought this was a very nice film. It was nice to see three people acting well together (Cher, Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell). This type of story is very intersting to me. We see radiation treated so comically on The Simpsons but it is a very serious thing. Also, I thought it was great to have a film that had such simple locations and sets. No special fx were necessary and the result was a nice film with a good story. I would recommend Silkwood to anyone who likes these actors and anyone who is interested in true stories or films about organized labor.

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