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372 Ratings

The China Syndrome

Directed by James Bridges
United States, 1979
Drama, Thriller


A television newswoman stumbles onto deadly secrets at a nuclear power plant.

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The China Syndrome Directed by James Bridges

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1979 | Winner: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1980 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1979 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1980 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

1980 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

The way it confronts sexism is interesting—in one scene, Kimberly is told outright that she’s only successful because of her looks. That her climactic broadcast involves her breaking into tears is another respectable element of the film’s narrative; Kimberly’s unwavering femininity is an asset to both the character and the story.
January 13, 2017
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