History Film / TheChinaSyndrome

27th Mar '16 2:32:22 AM Cindylover1969
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* SilentCredits

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* SilentCreditsSilentCredits: Although see WhatCouldHaveBeen.
23rd Mar '16 8:16:30 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1979 political conspiracy thriller directed by James Bridges and starring Creator/JaneFonda, Jack Lemmon, Creator/MichaelDouglas, and a good-sized nuclear reactor in California that won't behave.

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A 1979 political conspiracy thriller directed by James Bridges and starring Creator/JaneFonda, Jack Lemmon, Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/MichaelDouglas, and a good-sized nuclear reactor in California that won't behave.
2nd Mar '16 9:30:06 PM Mdumas43073
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''China Syndrome'' came out during the Post-Watergate era, at a time when the public was in a paranoid mood about the people -- [[StrawmanPolitical politicians]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the corporations]], [[StrawmanNewsMedia the media]] -- who seemed to be in charge of things. What made this movie stand out was that on March 28, 1979 (two weeks after ''Syndrome'' was released) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster]] took place, making what was a standard thriller into a prescient piece of film-making.

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''China ''The China Syndrome'' came out during the Post-Watergate post-Watergate era, at a time when the public was in a paranoid mood about the people -- [[StrawmanPolitical politicians]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the corporations]], [[StrawmanNewsMedia the media]] -- who seemed to be in charge of things. What made this movie stand out was that on March 28, 1979 (two weeks after ''Syndrome'' was released) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster]] took place, making what was a standard thriller into a prescient piece of film-making.
2nd Mar '16 9:29:23 PM Mdumas43073
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Thinking they've got a big story to report, Kim and Richard are instead told by their network bosses to keep quiet and have the film placed in storage while their lawyers figure out their liability. Meanwhile, Jack tries to warn his bosses that there's something fishy with the plant, only to have his bosses insist there's nothing wrong. An investigation into the incident gets rubber-stamped. Meanwhile, the company responsible for the construction of that plant is busy trying to get another one built in a hurry...

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Thinking they've got a big story to report, Kim and Richard are instead told by their network bosses to keep quiet and have the film placed in storage while their lawyers figure out their liability. Meanwhile, Jack tries to warn his bosses that there's something fishy with the plant, only to have his bosses them insist there's nothing wrong. An investigation into the incident gets rubber-stamped. Meanwhile, the company responsible for the construction of that plant is busy trying to get another one built in a hurry...
2nd Mar '16 9:27:32 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1979 political conspiracy thriller starring Creator/JaneFonda, Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/MichaelDouglas and a good-sized nuclear reactor in California that won't behave.

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A 1979 political conspiracy thriller directed by James Bridges and starring Creator/JaneFonda, Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/MichaelDouglas Jack Lemmon, Creator/MichaelDouglas, and a good-sized nuclear reactor in California that won't behave.
2nd Mar '16 9:26:10 PM Mdumas43073
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1979 political conspiracy thriller starring Creator/JaneFonda, Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/MichaelDouglas and a good-sized nuclear reactor in California that won't behave.

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1979 political conspiracy thriller starring Creator/JaneFonda, Creator/JackLemmon, Creator/MichaelDouglas and a good-sized nuclear reactor in California that won't behave.
2nd Mar '16 9:22:01 PM Mdumas43073
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''China Syndrome'' came out during the Post-Watergate era, at a time when the public was in a paranoid mood about the people - [[StrawmanPolitical politicians]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the corporations]], [[StrawmanNewsMedia the media]] - who seemed to be in charge of things. What made this movie stand out was that on March 28, 1979 (two weeks after ''Syndrome'' was released) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster]] took place, making what was a standard thriller into a prescient piece of film-making.

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''China Syndrome'' came out during the Post-Watergate era, at a time when the public was in a paranoid mood about the people - -- [[StrawmanPolitical politicians]], [[CorruptCorporateExecutive the corporations]], [[StrawmanNewsMedia the media]] - -- who seemed to be in charge of things. What made this movie stand out was that on March 28, 1979 (two weeks after ''Syndrome'' was released) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Mile_Island_accident the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster]] took place, making what was a standard thriller into a prescient piece of film-making.
27th Jan '16 5:38:20 PM Mdumas43073
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* TheDanza: Jack Lemmon as Jack Godell.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Jack Godell]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Jack Godell]]Godell.]]
27th Jan '16 5:37:32 PM Mdumas43073
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Jack Godell]]
30th Mar '15 6:58:22 PM wittylibrarian
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Jack dies, and the company tries to pin the blame on Jack by calling him insane. Kim finds Jack's friend Ted and forces him on live television to admit Jack [[MomentOfAwesome "was the sanest man I know"]], and that there ought to be an investigation into the disaster.]] Unless [[spoiler:it's an InferredHolocaust instead]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Jack dies, [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies Jack dies]], and the company tries to pin the blame on Jack by calling him insane. Kim finds Jack's friend Ted and forces him on live television to admit Jack [[MomentOfAwesome "was the sanest man I know"]], and that there ought to be an investigation into the disaster.]] Unless [[spoiler:it's an InferredHolocaust instead]].


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* YouHaveToBelieveMe: How Jack sounds during his interview with Kimberly at the end, ranting about how the reactor shouldn't be turned back on. He's trying to warn people, but he comes across as crazy.
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