Massively overlooked film with echoes of Norma Rae. Nichols turned what could've easily been an overblown, sensationalist exposé into a compelling and touching portrait of the working class. This Silkwood world is textured, breathable, feels lived in. The fabulous trio of performers does the rest. Streep, Cher and Russell's chemistry is absolutely infectious.
It often feels like right cast, semi-right script but wrong director. Nichols seems hellbent to focus on the melodramatic elements rather than the meat of the class warfar this story is about and then pulls punches in the process. But it’s a good film and does Silkwood justice. Could have done more
Very conservatively directed biopic about a 70's whistleblower, offering a slice of rural Americana. Somewhere on track with Lumet's takes on police corruption, but never as provocatively ambiguous, remaining subtlety suggestive throughout. Emotions might seem rushed, however slow-paced, and subplots like protagonists relationship with her children and/or short-lasting big-city affair find very little purpose.
Grandioso lavoro di Nichols,un film di denuncia come non se ne fanno più: il lato tecnico,tra fotografia,luce e movimenti accentua sempre la precarietà e l'angoscia del tutto,con protagonisti diretti in maniera superba(Merl è sovrumana qui,è impossibile toglierle gli occhi di dosso).Dagli operai ai sindacalisti,tutto è gestito ottimamente,sino ad un finale oltremodo lacerante. Grande Nichols.
A remarkably charged and potent slow-burn. The acting, directing, cinematography and production design are superb. With a tighter, more dynamic script, a perfect film. There needs to be more films with strong female leads, which do not shy away from political or univeral human issues. This is Mike Nichols doing his best Martin Ritt - so well. Streep is perhaps her "most unique" here. The ending is magic.