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Great film and hisotorically prophetic too. This movie, about a reporter trying to uncover a nuclear power plant accident, was released into theatres 12 days before the infamous 3-Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979 (which in turn made this film a huge hit). Jane Fonda stars as the reporter, Michael Douglas her camaraman, and Jack Lemmon as the power plant supervisor. An 'oldie but a goodie' 10/10 for sure
THE CHINA SYNDROME (***half out of ****)

After my uncle suggested this film and highly eagerly recommended it, I decided to give it a look and wasn't disappointed.

The film is about a hack reporter (Jane Fonda) who isn't really taken seriously in her career until she is sent to a Nuclear facility to discuss simple techniques within the plant. But when an incident occurs, she and her cameraman (Michael Douglas) set out to uncover what really happened and keep from being killed from the government who is attempting to cover it up.

Jack Lemmon gives an incredible performance in this film as the main technician for the plant who attempts to cover up the incident but soon finds he can't live with himself knowing what he knows.

This film was deemed relatively irrelevant until a similar incident occured that brought attention towards this making it a hit.

This is a truly incredible film with excellent performances particularly from Lemmon and Douglas who pull in memorable performances.

There's no score in the film which was done to increase the realism in the film, a similar technique done in "Fail Safe" and it works. The film is great and grabs you in from beginning to the end, especially in the gripping finale where Lemmon's character holds himself in a containment office, and the final scenes which is left up in the air. Worth watching.
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Great Important movie from 1979 about nuclear plants. Jane Fonda and Jack Lemmon are superb in Oscar nominated performances. Came out right before the controversy of nuclear plants being built in sub standard ways. Chernobyl Russian incident could and probably would have happend in America if not for the "tree hugging hippies" (quote) standing up to the selfish money hungry electric companies. It almost did on Three Mile Island in the late 70's where a meltdown was held under control shortly after the release of China Syndrome. A plant was built about an hour from my home but never was allowed to completion because of faulty building. I would have gave it a 10 but it is somewhat dated but very compelling. A must see specifically because Bush/Cheney/Rice Republican Party wants to go down the same damn road again because ..... it is a CHEAPER energy source. Nuclear energy would be an endless supply of energy. Scary to think who runs this great country. Sorry if that statement though true IMO offends. Still 108 operate in America alone but with much safer inspections (let us HOPE). Not one new plant has been built in America since the incident at Three Mile Island.
INTENSE, EXCITING AND THOROUGHLY BELIEVABLE STORY WITH A GREAT CAST. JACK LEMMON IS INCREDIBLY GOOD, JANE FONDA IS PERFECTLY CAST AS THE NEWSCASTER AND MICHAEL DOUGLAS DOES A FINE JOB. BACK IN 1979 WAS EERILY RELEASED AT THE TIME OF CHERNOBL. AMAZING FILM.
Full review to come.
Well considering, RT has finally outlasted its usefullness, I'm just about ready to close.

I will probably do a few more entries and then shut this baby down.

Anyway, The China Syndrome is an AMAZING movie. One of the best I have ever seen. However, the above quote is not from the film. I was shouting that at lunch.

Anyway, I don't have much to say, so that's it for now. And unless anyone objects, I am going to start phasing this out and returning to SuperSite II.

Speaking of my other blogs, I posted some great video, audio, and news clips on Political Thunder and I would recommend checking them out... if you are liberal.

Well, that's it!
Joe
(9 out of 10)
Directed by James Bridges
Starring Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton

Towards the end of the great 70s, American movies like "China Syndrome" signaled the coming of fast-paced conspiracy thrillers, out of Jimmy Carter's term and into the Reagan era. Fonda and Douglas are news reporters who while on tour inside a nuclear powerplant witness a near meltdown and proceed to dig deeper in what appears to be a cover-up. Performance-wise, there's nothing more to wish in a Fonda-Lemmon-Douglas triumvirate, "Syndrome" is a powerhouse cast. It also offers a great look at the edgy life of news reporting and the anchorman/woman as neo-celebrity. Even though a little dated, the movie is still engaging and an era classic in its own right.

Best Scene: Jack Godell takes over the control room.
QUOTE: Godell (Lemmon): "The system works. Even with a faulty relay, a stuck valve, that system works. There was no accident..."

The China Syndrome

This is an excellent film. Almost 30 years later and still many of the same problems exist - both the difficulty for women to be taken seriously as hard hitting journalists and the difficulty fin getting the truth out to the public. Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas give wonderful performances. I also enjoyed the dad from Teenwolf and Wilford Brimley who proved he can do more than sell oatmeal.