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The China Syndrome (1979)

Thriller | 122 minutes
3,56 460 votes

Genre: Thriller / Drama

Duration: 122 minuten

Alternative title: Het China Syndroom

Country: United States

Directed by: James Bridges

Stars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas

IMDb score: 7,4 (32.939)

Releasedate: 16 March 1979

The China Syndrome plot

"Sometimes it’s too late to tell the truth."

While doing a series of reports on alternative energy sources, reporter Kimberly Wells happens to witness a near miss at a nuclear power plant. Wells is determined to bring the incident out into the open, but soon finds herself faced with a conspiracy aimed at keeping the incident a secret.

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Full Cast & Crew

Actors and actresses

Kimberly Wells

Jack Godell

Richard Adams

Herman De Young

Bill Gibson

Don Jacovich

Ted Spindler

Evan McCormack

Hector Salas

Pete Martin

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Zinema (crew films)

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Before the bomb falls.

Nice thriller, which at the time caused quite a stir because of the rise of nuclear power plants. The acting is strong, but Lemmon steals the show as the sane expert. Douglas produced this classic himself.

The worst nuclear accident in history would take place in Chernobyl, Russia, seven years later. For a moment we were not allowed to eat lettuce in our cold frog country, but apparently the nightmare machines surrounding us do not instill fear in anyone today. Doe Maar and Herman van Veen filled the eighties with worrying songs about the 'core' of the matter.

Very good.

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Entertaining, timeless and then also linked to good actors and a beautiful actress. Really good movie.

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Beautiful film in which a reporter witnesses a near-nuclear disaster at a nuclear power plant. Realistically portrayed (so there is no music). The technical part and especially the whole human factor is portrayed credibly and fascinatingly (the hierarchy and the employees who try to keep their jobs). Some pretty exciting scenes and a strong role from Jack Lemmon.

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