Classic Movie Of The Week: The China Syndrome (1979)


The-China-Syndrome-1979-movie-posterStarring: Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Jack Lemmon

Director: James Bridges

The China Sydrome is a metaphorical term used to describe the idea that if there was a nuclear meltdown at a power plant, the reactor would burn through the earth all the way to China. As you can see from the poster above, it wasn’t a well known term to the public, but a chilling concept.

The film follows Kimberley Wells (Fonda), an ambitious reporter who is too often left to cover human interest stories. When she’s sent to a power plant to cover a simple story about alternative energy sources, she and her small crew are witness to an accident, but when she wants to cover the incident, it’s swiftly covered up. She starts to realise that there may be some very real danger of the plant going into meltdown, and that someone doesn’t want the public…

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