Silkwood (1983)

Directed by
Mike Nichols

On November 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood, an employee of a nuclear facility,

This disturbing drama is based on the true story of Karen Silkwood, a worker in an Oklahoma nuclear plant who left to meet with a reporter from the New York Times, but she never got there.

The story starts when Karen (Meryl Streep) finds she has become infected by the radiation at her plant - knowing that she followed the safety regulations to a tea gets suspicious.

After many more mysterious contaminations Karen decides to blow the whistle on the dangerous practices undertaken at the Kerr-McGee plant.

Unfortunately, though, she was killed in an horrific car accident on her way to meet a reporter in order to get the story out. The circumstances of her sudden and tragic death are still the topic of many debates today and many believe this was no accident.

Meryl Streep gives an Oscar-nominated performance in a role which echoes Jack Lemmon's in 'The China Syndrome'. Outstanding film!

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 100 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1983

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Meryl StreepMeryl Streep...Karen Silkwood
Image for Kurt RussellKurt Russell...Drew Stephens
Image for CherCher...Dolly Pelliker
Image for Craig T. NelsonCraig T. Nelson...Winston
Image for Diana ScarwidDiana Scarwid...Angela
Fred Ward...Morgan
Ron Silver...Paul Stone
Charles Hallahan...Earl Lapin
Josef Sommer...Max Richter
Sudie Bond...Thelma Rice
Henderson Forsythe...Quincy Bissell
E. Katherine Kerr...Gilda Schultz
Bruce McGill...Mace Hurley
Image for David StrathairnDavid Strathairn...Wesley
J.C. Quinn...Curtis Schultz