In the 1920s a group of factory workers advocate for safer work conditions after some of their colleagues become ill from radium exposure.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey King ... Bessie
Abby Quinn ... Josephine
Cara Seymour ... Wiley Stephens
Scott Shepherd ... Mr. Leech
Susan Heyward ... Etta
Neal Huff ... Dr. Flint
Collin Kelly-Sordelet ... Walt
John Bedford Lloyd ... Arthur Roeder
Joe Grifasi ... Nonno
Brandon Gill ... Thomas
Olivia Macklin ... Paula
Colby Minifie ... Doris
Greg Hildreth Greg Hildreth ... Henry Berry
Veanne Cox ... Dr. Katherine Drinker
Tom Galantich ... Radium Lawyer


In the 1920s a group of factory workers advocate for safer work conditions after some of their colleagues become ill from radium exposure.

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The painting technique depicted in this film is inaccurate. The approach the painters used in dial factories was "lip, dip, paint." The technique depicted shows the workers licking the paintbrush after having dipped their paintbrush. This technique would be ineffective, since the paint is essentially being licked off before the application. See more »


During the letter writing campaign, the stamp being placed on the envelope had already been post marked and therefore, unusable. See more »

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Could've been good. Such a shame.
13 January 2021 | by phtynthSee all my reviews

This movie should've been a documentary about an actual historical event, but the writers turned it into a borderline coming-of-age story about a naive girl turned strong, with a little bit of history in it. The lead role's personality is so naive it's insufferable.

The story line is full of filler scenes and is hard to follow, due to the odd cut scenes, bad dialogue, and no visual perspective (the camera stays zoomed in on faces throughout, with very rare zoomed out scenes). The camera often blends different photos in the background to indicate that time went by in the movie... I thought this technique went out of style years ago.

It is extremely disappointing how little actual facts were presented. After seeing the trailer, I was looking forward to the scientific and legal details, since in reality there are plenty. But to be honest there aren't many shown and you could basically infer everything that happens in the movie from the trailer.

I really have no idea why they decided to base the movie's plot about the girl's naivete and feelings rather than detailed facts from multiple characters' perspectives. Really a waste of huge potential.

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Release Date:

15 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Radium Girls See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake George, New York, USA

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