"Chinese Syndrome" ( eng. The China Syndrome ) - a film directed by James Bridges , released in 1979 . The film was released in the US on March 16, 1979 , just a few days before the actual events at Three Mile Island NPP in Pennsylvania .
|The china syndrome|
|Genre||drama / thriller|
|James Bridges |
|In the main|
|Jane fonda |
|Film company||IPC Films|
Television correspondent Kimberly Wells ( Jane Fonda ) and cameraman Richard Adams ( Michael Douglas ) visit a nuclear power plant in connection with the creation of a cycle of atomic energy programs. They enter the control room when an alarm is triggered. At that, all NPP operators are very frightened. Adams shoots everything, although it is forbidden. However, the television station subsequently refuses to release the material on the air. Wells and Adams begin to raise the issue of nuclear safety.
Meanwhile, Jack Godel ( Jack Lemmon ), shift supervisor, also learns that nuclear power plants are unsafe. When he tries to find more evidence, an attempt is made on him.
Godel by force removes all personnel from the control room of the nuclear power plant and barricades there. Wells comes to nuclear power plants to make a report about what happened. Adams, having learned that the police squad is starting an assault, is trying to warn Wells. But it turns out too late, and during the assault Godela is mortally wounded. At this point, the reactor begins to practically fall apart in parts. However, nothing terrible happens, and the film’s surviving heroes leave the power plant building to give an interview to the journalists. There is a live broadcast from the scene, but suddenly the signal disappears ...
- Jane Fonda - Kimberley Wells
- Jack Lemmon - Jack Godell
- Michael Douglas - Richard Adams
- Scott Brady - Herman De Young
- James Hampton - Bill Gibson
- Peter Donat - Don Jekovich
- Wilford Brimley - Ted Spindler
- Richard Hurd - Evan McCormack
The name of the film comes from the slang expression of American physicists - Chinese syndrome . One of the characters in the film describes the consequences of a possible accident at a nuclear power plant as the danger of a nuclear reactor melting down. When asked by a journalist how deeply a melted down reactor in the US could burn through the earth , he jokingly replies "theoretically at least as far as China ."
Awards and nominations
- 1979 - prize for the best actor at the Cannes Film Festival (Jack Lemmon).
- 1979 - hit the ten best films of the year according to the National Council of Film Critics of the United States .
- 1980 - 4 Oscar nominations : best actor (Jack Lemmon), best actress (Jen Fonda), best original screenplay (James Bridges, Mike Gray, TS Cook), best work of the artist and decorator (George Jenkins, Arthur Jeff Parker).
- 1980 - BAFTA awards for best male (Jack Lemmon) and female roles (Jane Fonda), as well as nominations in the categories “best film” and “best screenplay” (James Bridges, Mike Gray, T. S. Cook).
- 1980 - 5 Golden Globe Award nominations : best film - drama, best direction (James Bridges), best drama actor (Jack Lemmon), best drama actress (Jane Fonda), best screenplay (James Bridges, Mike Gray, T. S. Cook).
- 1980 - “ David di Donatello ” award to the best foreign actor (Jack Lemmon).
- 1980 - Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Drama (James Bridges, Mike Gray, TS Cook).
- 1980 - nominated for the United States Directors Guild Award for Best Direction of the Feature Film (James Bridges).
- “Chinese Syndrome” (eng.) On the Internet Movie Database
- "Chinese Syndrome" (eng.) On the site allmovie
- Review of Roger Ebert (eng.)