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A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.
Both Cher and Meryl Streep received Oscar nominations for this film though nominated in separate categories (Supporting/Leading Actress). In 1988 they were nominated again, this time in the same category for Best Leading Actress (for "Moonstruck" & "Ironweed"). When Cher won the award, Streep was the first to leap to her feet in gleeful applause as the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Man on the intercom:
Karen Silkwood: Karen Silkwood.
Drew Stephens: Drew Stephens.
Dolly Pelliker: Dolly Pelliker.
Kerr McGee's Cimmeron plant is on the east side of Hwy 74, between Crescent to the north and Oklahoma City to the south. Opening scenes show a mileage sign for Crescent, which is really the opposite direction. This also causes incorrect footage for placement and direction of travel in later scenes (ex. placement of car in accident, tow truck pulling wrecked car past Crescent Cafe, etc.)
$1,218,322 (USA) (18 December 1983)
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