R | | Biography, Drama, History
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.
First of three films that Meryl Streep and Nora Ephron have made together. The movies include Silkwood (1983), Heartburn (1986), and Julie & Julia (2009), the latter being the only one that Ephron directed Streep in.
Man on the intercom:
Karen Silkwood: Karen Silkwood.
Drew Stephens: Drew Stephens.
Dolly Pelliker: Dolly Pelliker.
After Karen's first contamination, she and Drew are at home and Drew is laid out on the bed playing his banjo and black (X) marks can clearly be seen on the quilt. These are not actor position marks, but (repeating) parts of the quilt pattern. Drew's body lining up on the marks is just chance.
$1,218,322 (USA) (18 December 1983)
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