Wells (Jane Fonda) and hired wildfire cameraman Richard Adams (Michael
Douglas), are filming in a Ventana nuclear power plant when an accident
occurs. They are in the public gallery at the time and secretly
film the event. On showing their film to experts they find they
are lucky to be alive...
our panel of critics thought
Lemmon is superb as a nuclear expert even though he accidentally
almost blows up much of Southern California."
movie is a triumph of big black plastic dials and flashing boards!"
so contractors falsified a few photographs for a nuclear power plant.
What's the big deal? We've all been there, just imagine the expense
of having got it done properly?"
everyone in this movie wear brown? You know, I think they do. A
triumph of 1970's fashions, but thankfully without the larva lamp."
Please tell me the ending
expert tells our heroes that they had almost witnessed 'the China
Syndrome' (Definition: During the accident,
the workers almost uncovered the nuclear processor core, which is
normally covered with water to stop it overheating. Had they done
this it would have melted downwards, theoretically to China, but
if it hit water it would explode upwards and into the air, possibly
contaminating an area the size of Pennsylvania (screams
in the gallery due to the Three Mile Island disaster at this time).)
the power company is trying to get another station opened and manages
to thwart our heroes from telling a safety inquiry about the defective
testing carried out by a contractor, Mr Royce... Jack Godell (Jack
Lemmon) is a concerned employee (who has already made contact with
Wells and Adams) who locks himself into the control room of the
power plant to make his point on TV. Management break in, he is
shot and is then portrayed as a crank.
Kimberely sets the record straight in an emotional report to camera.
The screen soon after jumps to a blank broadcast signal.
Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review
let me firstly declare that once I was a member of CND, the Campaign
For Nuclear Disarmament; indeed, I once had myself strapped to a
fence by those lovely ladies of Greenham Common.
feel certain that this movie added soundly to our cause, highlighting
the dangers of nuclear power in the public eye. That the Three Mile
Island disaster occurred only a short few days after this movie's
release was a dream arrival to our cause. Bravisimo!
movie is a wonderful conspiracy with a point of view of the working
man... A tale of honest people being caught up in the dishonesty
of modern corporatism!
have been reliably informed that Richard Dreyfus was originally
lined up to star in this movie but he had to drop out, thus the
Jane Fonda character was written in.
was all] "a faulty relay in the generator circuit."
movie is brilliantly paced, the fashions have dated disastrously,
but Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda are both well cast. Michael Douglas
could do with a shave.
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