To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

4,5
Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.
.
Leo
Newton
Brights
Milds

The China Syndrome

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The China Syndrome
China syndrome.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byJames Bridges
Produced byMichael Douglas
Written byMike Gray
T. S. Cook
James Bridges
StarringJane Fonda
Jack Lemmon
Michael Douglas
Music byStephen Bishop
CinematographyJames Crabe
Edited byDavid Rawlins
Production
company
IPC Films
Major Studio Partners
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 16, 1979 (1979-03-16)
Running time
122 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$5.9 million[1]
Box office$51.7 million[2]

The China Syndrome is a 1979 American drama neo-noir thriller film directed by James Bridges and written by Bridges, Mike Gray, and T. S. Cook. The film stars Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Richard Herd, and Wilford Brimley. It follows a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. "China syndrome" is a fanciful term that describes a fictional result of a nuclear meltdown, where reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the underlying earth, "all the way to China."

The China Syndrome premiered at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or while Lemmon received the Best Actor Prize.[3] It was theatrically released on March 16, 1979, twelve days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, which gave the film's subject matter an unexpected prescience. It became a critical and commercial success. Reviewers praised the film's screenplay, direction, and performances (most notably of Fonda and Lemmon), while it grossed $51.7 million on a production budget of $5.9 million. It received four nominations at the 52nd Academy Awards; Best Actor (for Lemmon), Best Actress (for Fonda), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Production Design.[4]

Plot

While visiting the (fictional) Ventana nuclear power plant outside Los Angeles, television news reporter Kimberly Wells, her cameraman Richard Adams and their soundman Hector Salas witness the plant going through a turbine trip and corresponding SCRAM (emergency shutdown). Shift Supervisor Jack Godell notices an unusual vibration in his cup of coffee.

In response to a gauge indicating high water levels, Godell begins removing water from the core, but the gauge remains high as operators open more valves to dump water. Another operator notices a second gauge indicating low water levels. Godell taps the first gauge, which immediately unsticks and drops to indicate very low levels. The crew urgently pump water back in and celebrate in relief at bringing the reactor back under control.[a]

Richard has surreptitiously filmed the incident, despite being asked not to film for security reasons. Kimberly's superior refuses her report of what happened. Richard steals the footage and shows it to experts who conclude that the plant came perilously close to meltdown – the China syndrome.

During an inspection of the plant before it is brought back online, Godell discovers a puddle of radioactive water that has apparently leaked from a pump. He pushes to delay restarting the plant, but the plant superintendent wants nothing standing in the way of the restart.

Godell finds that a series of radiographs supposedly verifying the welds on the leaking pump are identical – the contractor simply kept resubmitting the same picture. He brings the evidence to the plant manager, who brushes him off as paranoid, stating that new radiographs would cost $20 million. Godell confronts Royce, an employee of Foster-Sullivan who built the plant, as it was he who signed off on the radiographs. Godell threatens to go to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but Royce threatens him; and later a pair of men from Foster-Sullivan park outside his house.

Kimberly and Richard confront Godell at his home and he voices his concerns. Kimberly and Richard ask him to testify at the NRC hearings over Foster-Sullivan's plans to build another nuclear plant. Godell agrees to obtain, through Hector, the false radiographs to take to the hearings.

Hector's car is run off the road and the radiographs are taken from him. Godell is chased by the men waiting outside his home. He takes refuge inside the plant, where he finds that the reactor is being brought up to full power. Grabbing a gun from a security guard, he forces everyone out, including his friend and co-worker Ted Spindler, and demands to be interviewed by Kimberly on live television. Plant management agrees to the interview in order to buy time as they try to regain control of the plant.

Minutes into the broadcast, plant technicians deliberately cause a SCRAM so they can distract Godell and retake the control room. A SWAT team forces its way in, the television cable is cut, and Godell is shot. Before dying, he feels the unusual vibration again. The resulting SCRAM is brought under control only by the plant's automatic systems, and the plant suffers significant damage as the pump malfunctions.

Plant officials try to paint Godell as emotionally disturbed, but are contradicted by a distraught Spindler on live television saying Godell was not crazy and would never have taken such drastic steps had there not been something wrong. A tearful Kimberly concludes her report and the news cuts to commercial.

Cast

Reception

Roger Ebert reviewed it as:

...a terrific thriller that incidentally raises the most unsettling questions about how safe nuclear power plants really are. ... The movie is ... well-acted, well-crafted, scary as hell. The events leading up to the "accident" in The China Syndrome are indeed based on actual occurrences at nuclear plants. Even the most unlikely mishap (a stuck needle on a graph causing engineers to misread a crucial water level) really happened at the Dresden plant outside Chicago. And yet the movie works so well not because of its factual basis, but because of its human content. The performances are so good, so consistently, that The China Syndrome becomes a thriller dealing in personal values.[5]

Movie Reviews UK noted the film is:

so accurate that, even though they're fictional, they could easily be documentaries...we see the greatest fears of the Nimby culture unearthed when a nuclear power station almost goes out of control and the men-in-suits cover it up...[unknown] to them, the entire incident is covertly filmed by a visiting TV news-crew.[citation needed]

The acting is credited also,

The power of this film is more than just the acting, although Lemmon is superb, and more than just the script. It is that this scenario could really happen...atmosphere produced in the plants' control-room is heart-stoppingly intense; characters are uniformly well-acted. I recommend The China Syndrome to everyone as an example of the dangers of money and corruption.[6]

John Simon said The China Syndrome was a taut, intelligent, and chillingly gripping thriller till it turns melodramatic at its end. He called the ending both false and bathetic.[7]

The film has a rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews from 33 critics. The critical consensus reads, "With gripping themes and a stellar cast, The China Syndrome is the rare thriller that's as thought-provoking as it is tense".[8]

Box office

The film opened in 534 theatres in the United States and grossed $4,354,854 in its opening weekend.[9]

Response of nuclear industry

The March 1979 release was met with backlash from the nuclear power industry's claims of it being "sheer fiction" and a "character assassination of an entire industry."[10] Twelve days later, the Three Mile Island nuclear accident occurred in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. While some credit the accident's timing in helping to sell tickets,[11] the studio attempted to avoid appearing as if they were exploiting the accident, which included pulling the film from some theaters.[12]

Accolades

Award Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards[13] Best Actor Jack Lemmon Nominated
Best Actress Jane Fonda Nominated
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Mike Gray, T.S. Cook and James Bridges Nominated
Best Art Direction Art Direction: George Jenkins
Set Decoration: Arthur Jeph Parker
Nominated
British Academy Film Awards[14] Best Film The China Syndrome Nominated
Best Actor in a Leading Role Jack Lemmon Won
Best Actress in a Leading Role Jane Fonda Won
Best Screenplay Mike Gray, T.S. Cook and James Bridges Nominated
Cannes Film Festival[15] Palme d'Or James Bridges Nominated
Best Actor Jack Lemmon Won
David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actor Won[b]
Directors Guild of America Awards[16] Outstanding Directing – Feature Film James Bridges Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[17] Best Motion Picture – Drama The China Syndrome Nominated
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Jack Lemmon Nominated
Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama Jane Fonda Nominated
Best Director – Motion Picture James Bridges Nominated
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture Mike Gray, T.S. Cook and James Bridges Nominated
National Board of Review Awards[18] Top 10 Films The China Syndrome Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actor Jack Lemmon Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Classic DVD The China Syndrome Nominated
Writers Guild of America Awards[19] Best Drama Written Directly for the Screenplay Mike Gray, T.S. Cook and James Bridges Won

Notes

  1. ^ The sequence of events in the movie is based on events that occurred in 1970 at the Dresden Generating Station outside Chicago. In that case, the indicator stuck low and the operators responded by adding ever-more water.
  2. ^ Tied with Dustin Hoffman for Kramer vs. Kramer.

See Also

References

  1. ^ "The China Syndrome". Sunnycv.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Box Office Information for The China Syndrome". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The China Syndrome". Festival-cannes.com. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "The China Syndrome (1979): Awards". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 1979). "The China Syndrome Movie Review (1979)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  6. ^ "The China Syndrome (1979)". Film.u-net.com. Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  7. ^ Simon, John (1982). Reverse Angle. Crown Publishers Inc. p. 377.
  8. ^ "The China Syndrome". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  9. ^ Pollock, Dale (June 20, 1979). "UA Puts Four-Day 'Rocky II' B.O. At $8.1 Million". Daily Variety. p. 1.
  10. ^ Nuclear Experts Debate ‘The China Syndrome’ David Burnham The New York Times March 18, 1979
  11. ^ "The China Syndrome: Special Edition". Dvdverdict.com. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  12. ^ Movies That Shook the World, American Movie Classics 2006.
  13. ^ "The 52nd Academy Awards". Oscars. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  14. ^ "Film in 1980". BAFTA. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  15. ^ "The China Syndrome". Festival De Cannes. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  16. ^ "32nd Annual DGA Awards". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Winners & Nominees: China Syndrome, The". Golden Globes. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  18. ^ "1979 Award Winners". National Board of Review. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  19. ^ "Writers Guild Award Winners 1995-1949". Writers Guild Awards. Retrieved February 21, 2019.

External Links

This page was last edited on 31 August 2020, at 15:36
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.