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To Jegg Boston
So right! After that stunt in Hanoi, I didn't want to see or hear another thing out of 'Hanoi Jane'. I'm sure I'm not alone in that. She was old enough to know much better but was just grandstanding on the graves of American boys...Shame! Now, she thinks it makes her an actress, when she keeps her clothes ON.
Facts vs. fiction
"It was the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history."Q: How many people were killed in this accident?A: Zero.Q: How many people were injured in this accident?A: Zero.Q: Is there any evidence of any adverse health effects on anybody due to this accident?A: No.I rest my case.
within days of this film being released and being met with the typical fonda bashing (see jeff), three mile island happened.The Three Mile Island accident was the partial meltdown of reactor number 2 of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station (TMI-2) in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, near Harrisburg and subsequent radiation leak that occurred on March 28, 1979. It was the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history. The incident was rated a five on the seven-point International Nuclear Event Scale: Accident with wider consequences.
response to jeff
- kevin sellers
Jeff's really a piece of work, huh? He very properly excoriates this film as propaganda but then hypocritically engages, for the rest of his "review," in flackery for the nuke power industry! And if you believe what he's peddling then I've got some real estate in Chernobyl to sell you. Oh well. At least this pious capitalist is an environmentalist. Sort of. (Guy seems to be anti fossil fuel).
The China Syndrome
- Michael Whitty
A controversial movie about a nuclear power plant accident and happening about at the same time as the REAL nuclear power plant situation at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania "The China Syndrome" shows a serious situation of the cooling system with a TV team there and the camera man actually films it. TV news woman Jane Fonda is on the spot with Michael Douglas as the camera man and Jack Lemmon as the plant supervisor. The politics of this goes to the Board of Directors of the power plant who would rather "cover-up" the incident. Here is an effective film of the politics of the whole ordeal with the supervisor having different ideas than the higher-ups. Some great acting by Lemmon and Fonda keep the tenseness going.
- Jeff Boston
Political film designed to do what it definitely helped do - end nuclear power plant construction in the United States of America. Thanks again, Jane Fonda! France, the second most liberal country in the world (next to Sweden) for a long time, has had more than 75% of its electricity produced via nuclear power plants for a long time. France has made a lot of really bad choices, but favoring nuclear power over dirty coal and middle east oil was not one of them.
The China syndrome?
After watching the movie, I realized that the China syndrome's got nothing to do with China.It is the US syndrome!
The China Syndrome
An effective thriller that questions the ethics of Nuclear energy. Released days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, the film shook Americans about Atomic and Nuclear resources. Lemmon and Fonda were both nominated for Oscars, as the shift supervisor whose life is the plant and the reporter who uncovers the plant's cover-up, respectively. The Oscar-nominated story is tight and gripping right up to the ending credits and showcases the films overall excellent acting. This is a well-written, magnificently-performed and arresting thriller. I give it a 5/5.
THE CHINA SYNDROME aired today on cable. It was part of a 24-hour block of Jane Fonda movies during TCM's Summer Under the Stars. Can't believe there are only two user reviews at this point, and that it is not available on home video. What an excellent, thought-provoking film. All three leads are at the top of their game. The absence of a soundtrack greatly helps this picture.
The China Syndrome (1979)
- James Higgins
86/100. Very intense and exciting, the story is thoroughly convincing and believable. The cast is excellent. Jack Lemmon is outstanding, Jane Fonda is perfectly cast and the newscaster, Michael Douglas is also great. This was released by sheer coincidence at the same time the incident at Three Mile Island happened, very eerie. Great pace, well filmed.
Powerful look at Corporate Power
The China Syndrome does an excellent job of covering a sensitive topic while staying true to a multi-dimensional storyline that unfolds while this movie progresses. It has the essential "underdog" scenario, Moral Dilema on many levels, and ultimately the impact of "THIS COULD HAPPEN"... I feel that it ranks in the top twenty films made since 1970. Great acting by some of hollywoods heavyweights on one screen. A modern film not based or "carried" by just action or special effects. A story that allows for charactors to be developed and the story to develop on screen, while keeping an ambitious pace.