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Silkwood (Widescreen) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"Silkwood" deserving garnered five Oscar nominations. Though it won nothing, it offers the emotional and physical realisms of dangerous working conditions, namely a nuclear plant. Many scenes catch the audience's heart while others scare them. The screenplay writer proves that he thoroughly researched everything. The producer and the director lead the cast and crew to express every drop of heart and soul though this project.
Meryl Streep received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for the role of Karen Silkwook. As always, she proves that she is the greatest living actress. She forces deep, personal emotions to scream to the audience. One could easily mistake her for one that experienced these real life events. She's flawless.
Cher won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for her supporting role as Silkwood's coworker and roommate. Like Streep, she recearched her character's typical lifestyle as a plant employee and as a lesbian. Though Kurt Russell role didn't demand as much research, he performed his role wonderfully.
This is one of the scariest dramas made. Its heavy impact scenes will never be forgotten by the audience. Those who love "Silkwood", which surely most will, should also watch "Erin Brockovich". Though not plutonium based, it offers the realisms of the law actions.
Warning: those sensitive to such issues should not watch "Silkwood" at night. Though not a horror movie, it still may give people nightmares.
While the movie does deviate from the facts in some instances, it is largely faithful to the important details of the Silkwood case. Richard Rashke's "Who Killed Karen Silkwood" (1981, 2000) - written after Silkwood's parents pursued (and won) a civil case against K-M and based on court documents - presents ample evidence that Silkwood was indeed deliberately contaminated with plutonium and was murdered just days later. In fact, the film doesn't even address the most serious accusations - that Silkwood was part of a larger conspiracy that involved a number of state and federal agencies, that she was spied on by both K-M and the FBI, and that she may have stumbled across an international plutonium smuggling ring.
As a documentary, "Silkwood" does an acceptable job of outlining Silkwood's murder and the events leading up to it. Some of the dramatizations are disappointing but understandable. The lesbian storyline involving Silkwood's roommate Dolly (played by a refreshingly unglamorous Cher) struck me as silly and extraneous, particularly since, in real life, Silkwood's roommate was merely an acquaintance (not a good friend), and Silkwood was the one suspected of being a lesbian.
Nonetheless, as a drama, "Silkwood" certainly deserved its five Academy Award nominations.Read more ›
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A beautiful movie, well before its time. I have not yet viewed it.Published 8 months ago by steve huggett
Will only play on our laptop have not watched it yet. Want it to play on our big screen TV. Other than that it should be a great movie.Published 9 months ago by bev
What can you say about this woman? While this is one of her early movies, it was one that also showed the greatness she would reach. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
Movie will NOT play in USA/Canada. Total waste of money. Now have a useless DVDPublished 17 months ago by Bailey & Bandit