THE CHINA SYNDROME (1979)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of Turner Classic Movies]:

A television newswoman stumbles onto
deadly secrets at a nuclear power plant.
Nominated for 4 Academy Awards.



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"The China Syndrome is one of my all-time favorite movies, and in my view
one of the best thrillers/dramas in all of movie-making history. It has a mesmerizing storyline, great acting, a very good cast of starring and
supporting characters, and a first-class, heart-pounding ending."

-- David Von Pein; November 2004




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"The China Syndrome...evokes the spectacle of the terrifying things that might happen should there be a lapse in the safety procedures at an electrical generating plant powered by nuclear energy. The time is now and the place is southern California. The film is as topical as this morning's weather report, as full of threat of hellfire as an old-fashioned Sunday sermon and as bright and shiny and new-looking as the fanciest science-fiction film. .... There is suspense almost from the film's start in a television newsroom, and it builds without much letup until the finale. .... The three stars are splendid, but maybe Miss Fonda is just a bit more than that. Her performance is not that of an actress in a star's role, but that of an actress creating a character that happens to be major within the film. She keeps getting better and better."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; March 16, 1979











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RELATED TELEVISION AND RADIO NEWS REPORTS CONCERNING
THE REAL-LIFE ACCIDENT AT THE THREE MILE ISLAND
NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH OCCURRED
ON MARCH 28, 1979, JUST 12 DAYS AFTER THE FILM
THE CHINA SYNDROME PREMIERED IN U.S. THEATERS:









CBS EVENING NEWS WITH WALTER CRONKITE
(MARCH 30, 1979):






PHOTOGRAPHS OF THREE MILE ISLAND
NEAR HARRISBURG, PENNSYLVANIA:











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