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YMMV: The China Syndrome

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Inverted. There's no orchestral or overlapping soundtrack. Any songs you hear come from the environment of the scene being filmed - say, a radio playing in the background. Even the end credits roll without music.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As mentioned above, the film's plot rather eerily foreshadowed the Three Mile Island incident.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Halfway through the film, Jack Lemmon's makes an impassioned speech about how the system (referring to the nuclear safety system) works and the problem is, in fact, corporate cost cutting. (And even Fonda, very opposed to nuclear power, admits that, rather than nuclear power, corporate greed is the main theme of the movie.) Fast forward 30 years, the anti-nuclear movement is going strong, new nuclear power plants are an extreme rarity and corporations are under fewer regulations than ever.