Meryl Streep gives the year's most astounding performance by an actress, adding vigor and complexity to almost every scene with her endlessly inventive portrayal of the eccentric heroine. Arthur Hirsch and Larry Cano were the producers of the film and received Executive Producer credits. She is then patronized by a doctor who straight-facedly assures her that she has only superficial exposure and will be just fine. It's her wrecked car being slowly towed past the restaurant where a union meeting is still in progress. At the , Silkwood received five nominations in total, including Streep for , Cher for , and Nichols for.
» Even though you already now how the movie ends just by reading the taglines, there is still a strong element of suspense in this film, about Karen Silkwood who suspects that the lives of hereself and her co-workers are in danger. Two showers for the entire company! We are drawn into the story of Karen Silkwood by the absolute accuracy and unexpected sweetness of its details and then, near the end, abandoned by a film whose images say one thing and whose final credit card another. Supreme Court regarding the protection under the First Amendment of confidential sources for film-makers, as is done for journalists. Fonda's costar in 9 to 5, Lily Tomlin also auditioned for the role of Dolly. Intent on continuing her investigation, Karen discovers a suspicious development: She has been exposed to high levels of radiation. They have spent their lives being instructed to trust authority and submit to it.
She has become a union activist, concerned that corporate practices may adversely affect the health of workers. She walks into a roomful of supervisors, and they all fall silent. Her roommate feels resentful and rejected; her boyfriend has moved out, jealous of her involvement with the sophisticated people from Washington, and her co-workers treat her like a pariah, afraid that being seen talking to her will brand them as troublemakers, endangering their jobs, or even their lives. There is the fear that comes from living in poverty, or right on the edge of it. This one makes Julia Roberts in Erin Brochievich look really bad. Jane Fonda, who starred in another nuclear power plant thriller The China Syndrome 1979 for a time owned the rights to the Silkwood story. Her stone-faced, smooth-talking boss is right there, encouraging her to sign a statement that will undoubtedly absolve the company of any responsibility.
Viewers had the option of or formats. What most people do not know is that Karen's mysterious death haunted a huge Enronlike company. Once she feels she has gathered sufficient documentation, Silkwood contacts a reporter from and arranges a nighttime meeting. Factual accuracy was maintained throughout the script, with some incidents exactly parallel to the real-life experiences of Karen Silkwood. Karen had been a union activist with the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers' Union who was a vocal advocate for plant safety. Silkwood herself had forty times the legal limit of radioactive contamination in her system.
Even her home is no longer safe. Kurt Russell and Cher played their roles quite admirably. After all, I think lung cancer from smoking was far less riskier than working in a nuclear plant. The headlights Karen sees in her rear-view mirror are not the last thing we see that frightens us. After watching Silkwood, I became fascinated and mesmerized by the true story behind it. Filming lasted from September 7, 1982 to November 26, 1982. This is too bad, because on other levels Silkwood is a strong and imaginative film.
Now anything that can keep teenagers interested in plutonium and nuclear energy is worth all the trouble. There is the fear of the unknown at the plant -- trucks being dismantled and buried behind barbed wire, under guard and under cover of darkness. There is fear when Karen sticks her neck out -- talking to union reps, traveling to Washington, and being sent back to work with a dangerous assignment: to gather evidence. It is a well written film, and masterfully acted by Streep and her castmates. Their worries seem more and more valid as the movie progresses. These are not actor position marks, but repeating parts of the quilt pattern.
And so, every day, they live in fear of losing their jobs. When Silkwood and other workers become contaminated by radiation, plant officials try to blame her for the incident. Drew's body lining up on the marks is just chance. Trivia One of the first major tasks that had to tackle when she arrived on location was to find the right look for her character Dolly. She interacts with union officials who appear to be more interested in the publicity she is generating than her welfare and that of her co-workers. Intent on continuing her investigation, Karen discovers a suspicious development: She has been exposed to high levels of radiation.
Thelma is probably only in her 40s, but she looks like she's ready for retirement, due to the hard life she has lived. The Anchor Bay release is long out of print. Because the plant has fallen behind on a major contract—ostensibly to provide fuel rods for a at the —employees are required to work long hours of overtime. Nichols has yet done in films, and that would include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The film received positive reviews and was a box office success, with particular attention focused on the performances by the three leads. The scene fades in on the aftermath of her fatal one-car crash.