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The China Syndrome


Dir. James Bridges. 1979, 122 mins. 35mm. With Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas. In addition to nuclear war, the possibility of meltdowns at nuclear power plants has been a cause for global concern. A modern nightmare nearly becomes reality in this tension-filled story about an ambitious TV reporter covering a story on energy sources who is present at the nuclear plant when a startling accident occurs. Coincidentally, less than two weeks after the movie opened, the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania had a real accident, and the movie instantly became a prophetic and terrifying docu-drama.

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