Rent The China Syndrome (1979)

3.7 of 5 from 114 ratings
1h 57min
Rent The China Syndrome (aka An Element of Risk / Broken Trust / Chain Reaction) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
When a reporter and cameraman (Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas) are assigned to cover the daily routine of a nuclear power plant, they witness and record an accident which could have wiped out the whole of Southern California, but their bosses refuse to broadcast the footage.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Michael Douglas
Writers:
Mike Gray, TS Cook, James Bridges
Others:
TS Cook, George Jenkins, Arthur Jeph Parker
Aka:
An Element of Risk / Broken Trust / Chain Reaction
Studio:
Columbia Tristar
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Thrillers
Awards:

1980 BAFTA Best Actor

1980 BAFTA Best Actress

1979 Cannes Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
18/10/1999
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Filmographies
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/06/2018
Run Time:
123 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • The John Player Lecture with Jack Lemmon (1973, 80 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Philip Oakes at London's National Film Theatre
  • Assessing the Fallout (2018, 18 mins): Professor Tony Shaw, author of Rotten to the Core: Exposing America's Energy-Media Complex in*The China Syndrome', discusses the film and the issues it raises
  • A Fusion of Talent (1999, 28 mins): documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with cast and crew, including Jane Fonda, actor-producer Michael Douglas, executive producer Bruce Gilbert, and actor Jack Larson, partner of director James Bridges
  • Creating a Controversy (1999, 30 mins): a look at the film's impact and the real-life events which occurred just after its release
  • Deleted Scenes (4 mins)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Image Gallery: publicity stills and promotional material
  • UK Premiere on Blu-ray

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Reviews (1) of The China Syndrome

Still holds up well despite being 40 years old - The China Syndrome review by AF

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15/05/2019

Still packs punch.

The plot and acting get over some fairing basic action scenes.

The best scenes involve Jack Lemmon. Corporate greed and politics are slightly overdone, but the human aspects ring true.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

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