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Category: Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Action/Adventure, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Thriller, Disaster Film, Suspense, Action/AdventureNarrative location: CaliforniaRuntime: 117 - 122 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: James BridgesScreenwriter: James Bridges, Mike Gray, T. S. CookCinematography: James Aubrey CrabeStars: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, Peter Donat, Richard Herd, Alan Beckwith, Wilford Brimley, James Hampton, Stan Bohrman Producer: Michael DouglasAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Jack Lemmon)
Academy Award for Best Actress (Jane Fonda)
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Mike Gray, T. S. Cook, James Bridges)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

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, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It was also nominated for the Palme d'Or 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. Coincidentally, in one scene, physicist Dr. Elliott Lowell says that the China Syndrome would render "an area the size of Pennsylvania" permanently uninhabitable.

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