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Based on the harrowing account of whistle blower Karen Silkwood, this 1983 film directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Postcards from the Edge) is as much a character study of a woman galvanized by injustice as a story of the dangers of nuclear power and the extremes of corporate greed. When Karen discovers unsafe conditions and reckless protocol at the plant where she works, her actions in uncovering the dangers that lie at the plant not only cause a rift between her and her lover (Kurt Russell) and her best friend (Cher), but they threaten her very life. Streep gives yet another bravura performance as a wild child in Oklahoma forced to confront the harsh realities of her life, and the supporting cast, from Cher to Russell to Diana Scarwid is first rate. This true story of the woman who disappeared under mysterious circumstances while trying to find the truth is a well-told, challenging, and emotionally complex tale. --Robert Lane

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Meryl StreepKaren Silkwood
Kurt RussellDrew Stephens
CherDolly Pelliker
Craig T. NelsonWinston
Fred WardMorgan
Diana ScarwidAngela
Ron SilverPaul Stone
Josef SommerMax Richter
Bruce McGillMace Hurley
David StrathairnWesley
M. Emmet WalshWalt Yarborough
James RebhornLos Alamos Doctor
Ray BakerPete Dawson
Bill CobbsMan in Lunchroom
Anthony Heald2nd Doctor at Union Meeting
Will PattonJoe

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Mike Nichols
  • Producer: Anchor Bay
  • Length: 131 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 14, 1983
    EuropeFeb 24, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 15, 1999
    EuropeApr 8, 2002
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