The China Syndrome
The China Syndrome is a 1979 American drama neo-noir thriller film directed by James Bridges and written by Bridges, Mike Gray, and T. S. Cook. The film stars Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Richard Herd, and Wilford Brimley. It follows a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. "China syndrome" is a fanciful term that describes a fictional result of a nuclear meltdown, where reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the underlying earth, "all the way to China".
While visiting the (fictional) Ventana nuclear power plant outside Los Angeles, television news reporter Kimberly Wells, her cameraman Richard Adams and their soundman Hector Salas witness the plant going through a turbine trip and corresponding SCRAM (emergency shutdown). Shift Supervisor Jack Godell notices an unusual vibration in his cup of coffee.
|author||James Bridges Mike Gray T. S. Cook|
|award||National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|keywords||china syndrome control room disturb dresden generating station emotionally disturbed hear live television los angeles news reporter nothing nuclear power plant nuclear regulatory commission power plant radiograph radiography scram security guard swat swat team turbine trip wait|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|productionCompany||IPC Films Major Studio Partners|
|theme||disaster neo-noir whistleblowing|