The Plutonium Circus (1996)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Politics & Government, Satire  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This documentary takes a quirky, satirical look at the huge Pantex complex located near Amarillo, Texas. During the 1950s it was used to put the finishing touches upon atomic weapons. Now it is used for taking the deadly bombs apart. Though most of the town appreciates the lucrative presence of the plant that employs over 11,000 people, its presence is not without risk. The cancer rate in the town is inordinately high, and then there is the problem of disposing of the plutonium. The problem is compounded by the fact that the plant sits upon one of the largest freshwater aquifers in North America. While examining the ways in which the plant affects the lives of the city residents, the documentary also takes a playful look at some of the area's more eccentric dwellers including the artist behind the sculptures at the renowned Cadillac Ranch.

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factory, nuclear-weapon, cancer, pollution, plutonium