The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome (1979)

Genres - Action-Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Disaster Film  |   Release Date - Mar 16, 1979  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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The China Syndrome is a 1979 American thriller film that tells the story of a television reporter and her cameraman who discover safety coverups at a nuclear power plant. It stars Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, and Michael Douglas, with Douglas also serving as the film's producer.

The cast features Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Richard Herd and Wilford Brimley. The film was directed by James Bridges and written by Bridges, Mike Gray and T. S. Cook.

It was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Lemmon), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Fonda), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (George Jenkins, Arthur Jeph Parker) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It was also nominated for the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, and Lemmon won Best Actor for his performance. The film's script won the 1980 Writers Guild of America award.

The film was released on March 16, 1979, 12 days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, which gave the film's subject matter an unexpected prescience. Coincidentally, in one scene, physicist Dr. Elliott Lowell (Donald Hotton) says that the China Syndrome would render "an area the size of Pennsylvania" permanently uninhabitable.

"China syndrome" is a fanciful term—not intended to be taken literally—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."

Movie Info

Budget

$6,000,000

Box Office

$51,718,367

Tags

California, Car Chase, Conspiracy, Earthquake, Falsification, Nature/Environment, Nuclear Accident, Nuclear Power Plant, Picketing, Radiation, Swat Team, Turbine, Whistleblower

Attributes

Narrative Location: California
Subject: China syndrome

Alternate Titles

A Síndrome da China
BR
An Element Of Risk
US
Broken Trust
US
Chain Reaction
US
Chiński syndrom
PL
Cinsky syndrom
CZ
Contract: Earth
US
Das China-Syndrom
DE
Dünyanın Kaderi
TR
El síndrome de China
MX, ES
Event At Ventana
US
Eyewitness
US
Film At 11
US
Ha-Syndrome Ha-Sini
IL
Het China syndroom
BE
Hiina sündroom
EE
Kiina-ilmiö
FI
Killer Watt
US
Kina syndromet
FI
Kína szindróma
HU
Kina-syndromet
DK, SE
Kinasyndromet
NO
Kineski sindrom
HR, RS
Kinijos sindromas
LT
Kitajski sindrom
SI
Le syndrome chinois
CA, FR
Misuse Of Power
US
O Síndroma da China
PT
Power Hungry
US
Responsibility
US
Scramm
US
Sindrome cinese
IT
Síndrome da China
BR
Síndrome de China
AR
Sindromul China
RO
The China Syndrome
AU, CA, GB, US
The Power Syndrome
US
The Sanest Man
US
The Silent Syndrome
US
The System Works
US
This Is Kimberly Wells Live
US
To syndromo tis Kinas
GR
What Price Power
US
Το σύνδρομο της Κίνας
GR
Китайски синдром
BG
Китайский синдром
RU, US
Китайський синдром
UA
チャイナ・シンドローム
JP
大特寫
TW