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  • Director

    James Bridges

  • Starring

    Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Scott Brady, James Hampton

  • Certificate


  • Run Time

    122 mins

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  • Country of Origin


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  • Director of Photography: James Crabe

  • Editor: David Rawlins

  • Produced by: Michael Douglas

  • Music: Jim Henrikson

  • Screenplay by: Mike Gray, T.S. Cook, James Bridges

  • Production Designer: George Jenkins

The China Syndrome


A television reporter and her crew investigate an event at a nuclear power plant and ultimately find themselves involved in a potentially disastrous situation. With first-class performances from Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas and Jack Lemmon, director James Bridges delivers a taut, engaging thriller focusing on the American media and the "nuclear fear" of the era. The film premiered at the 32nd Cannes Film Festival (where Lemmon won the Best Actor award) and went on to receive four Academy Award nominations. 

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