The China Syndrome Movie Review 1979

Information and Film Reviews for The China Syndrome the Movie

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A somewhat unstable executive at a nuclear plant uncovers evidence of a concealed accident and takes drastic steps to publicize the incident. Lemmon is excellent as the anxious exec, while Fonda and Douglas are scarcely less distinguished as a sympathetic TV journalist and camera operator, respectively. Tense, prophetic thriller that ironically preceded the Three Mile Island accident by just a few months. Produced by Douglas.


Sony Pictures Home Video, Sony Pictures Plz., 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, Phone: (310)244-7306, Fax: (310)280-2485, URL:, Remarks: Formerly Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 123 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Disaster Flicks, Meltdown, News at 11, Race Against Time, Rebel With a Cause, Corporate Shenanigans
James Bridges, Mike Gray, T.S. Cook
Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Wilford Brimley, James Karen
James A. Crabe
James Bridges
Michael Douglas, Columbia Pictures


British Acad. 1979: Actor (Lemmon), Actress (Fonda); Cannes 1979: Actor (Lemmon); Writers Guild 1979: Orig. Screenplay.

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