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. (But see What Could Have Been in Trivia.)
  • 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 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 Jane 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.