The China Syndrome Poster

Release Date: December 8th, 2008

DVD Release Date: May 25th, 1999

PG|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
A news reporter (Jane Fonda) and her cameraman (Michael Douglas) are unintentional witnesses to a SCRAM incident, an emergency core shutdown procedure at a nuclear power plant in California. The crew prevents a catastrophe, but the plant supervisor (Jack Lemmon) begins to suspect the plant is in violation of safety standards, and tries desperately to bring it to the attention of the public, fearing that another SCRAM incident will produce an atomic disaster.

Cast: Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton, Peter Donat, Wilford Brimley, James Karen

Director: James Bridges

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Production Co: IPC Films

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Sacrifice, Fall, Gripping, 1970s, Suspenseful, Intense


Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture