Like most of the people in her town Karen Silkwood worked at the local nuclear plant producing highly radioactive plutonium. Exposed one day to a lethal dose of radiation Karen faces the blank walls of corporate indifference and denial whilst coming to terms that she will suffer a painful and lingering death as a result of company negligence. As her illness increases her protest grows louder and she becomes an obvious danger to the powers that be. But Karen is too spirited to be silenced and takes on the plant with devasting consequences. Written by Nora Ephorn and... with a star studded cast including Oscar winners Meryl Streep Cher and Kurt Russell this is the remarkable and poignant true story of one woman's struggle to tell the truth at all costs. [show more]
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Karen Silkwood was a worker at a nuclear materials plant who became convinced that the management was covering up its lack of safety measures. She gathered enough material to support her case and was ready to publicise the problem, but on her way to a meeting with the 'New York Times', she was killed in a suspicious car crash. This film tells the full story, with Meryl Streep as Karen, Kurt Russell as her live-in boyfriend, and Cher playing their lesbian flat-mate.