While doing a series of reports on alternative energy sources, a reporter, Kimberly Wells, witnesses an accident at a nuclear power plant. Wells is determined to report the incident but soon finds herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to keep the full impact of the incident a secret.Written by
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Actor-producer Michael Douglas had read hundreds of scripts before an original screenplay by Chicago documentary filmmaker Mike Gray riveted his attention. While Gray had caused a sensation in the court-rooms of Chicago and the screening rooms of the Cannes Film Festival with his Black Panther documentary feature, The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971), in Hollywood, Gray found few established producers who would read a script by, no less meet with, a new writer in town with no agent. Douglas stated: "I think my biggest asset as a producer is having good instincts. I really loved the story. My other asset is tenacity. I just hung in there until it all finally came together". See more »
When Jack arrives at the power plant while being chased by the blue car, it clearly isn't him driving up to the front gate. The stuntman behind the wheel has much longer hair or is wearing a bad wig. See more »
All the right elements seemed to conspire here to make this a memorable thriller for years to come. You have the stellar cast - Michael Douglas in an uncharacteristic 'free-spirit' role that pretty much launched his movie career, Fonda playing her typical forthright female doing her bit for womens lib, and Jack Lemmon as assured as ever showing us a man with a crisis of confidence. Give them a hot-button topic about big business being duplicitous, and that's encouraging for a kickoff, but to have life imitating art so soon after is a marketing man's dream.
The script is impressively taut, intelligent but mercifully keeping the jargon to a minimum, and there is a genuine sense of sustained tension brought in play by the director as our three protagonists race to beat the clock. If you like 'whistle blowing' dramas, then this is not quite as good as "The Insider", but the whole thing is more than nervy enough.
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