Overview

A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an "incident" at a nuclear power plant. Jane Fonda stars as Kimberly Wells, an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources, who is present at the nuclear plant when a startling accident occurs that nearly causes the meltdown of the reactor. A newsreel cameraman accompanying Wells (Michael Douglas) captures the incident on film but the television station won't air the footage. Though the plant's corporate heads are quick to deny the possibility of any real danger, Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon), the plant's veteran engineer, discovers faulty equipment at the plant. Attempting to tell others about his findings, an attempt is made on his life. In desperation, he forcibly takes control of the power plant and invites the media to hear his ceremony. But the corporation is determined to stop him in a taut and shocking climax!

  1. James Bridges

    Director, Screenplay

  2. T.S. Cook

    Screenplay

  3. Mike Gray

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda

    Kimberly Wells

  2. Jack Lemmon

    Jack Lemmon

    Jack Godell

  3. Michael Douglas

    Michael Douglas

    Richard Adams

  4. Scott Brady

    Scott Brady

    Herman De Young

  5. James Hampton

    James Hampton

    Bill Gibson

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The China Syndrome
The China Syndrome

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Release Information

  • March 16, 1979
    PG
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

  • October 26, 2004
    PG
    Physical

    Meaning

    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 2m

Budget $5,900,000.00

Revenue $51,718,367.00

Homepage https://www.sonymoviechannel.com/movies/china-syndrome

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