'Silkwood' Film Review by Nicky

A review of Mike Nichols film, 'Silkwood'.
# 129134 | 940 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Sep 02, 2010 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper introduces, discusses, and analyzes the film 'Silkwood', a drama based on a true story, directed by Mike Nichols. The paper answers specific questions about the movie and what happened after the movie's time period ended.

From the Paper:

"The wrongdoing was two-fold. First and foremost, the Kerr-McGee company was at the base of the wrongdoing. They had known safety hazards, the Union complained about them, and they did nothing about them. It also appears that they knowingly contaminated her with plutonium, something that is too horrible to believe, and that they were at the base of her auto accident, as well. The government was involved, however, because she testified in Washington D.C. in front of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) about problems at the plant, and they did nothing, either. Because the plant supplied the AEC reactor at Hanford, Washington with plutonium pellets, there is speculation the AEC ignored the problem because it might slow down or alter production at the plant (Rashke, 2000, p. xvii). There is also evidence presented in a book that shows that Kerr-McGee or someone working for them may have been responsible for other attempted murders of people connected to this case (Rashke, 2000, p. 295-300).
"Silkwood discovers the problems with the plant when she began serving on the health and safety union committee for the plant. Editors of her biography write, "Nonetheless Silkwood became increasingly concerned about health and safety violations that went uncorrected by management, and as 1974 drew on, got involved with the bargaining committee for the union. The Cimarron plant was experiencing sixty percent employee turnover a year, was using second-hand equipment, and was behind on production" (Karen Silkwood biography, 2008). She began to gather evidence about operations at the plant, and she began to become increasingly concerned about the problems she noted at the plant. She began to become more active in Union activities, and she testified in Washington, D.C. about what she had discovered, hoping the AEC would launch an investigation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Editors. (2008). Karen Silkwood biography. Retrieved 25 Nov. 2008 from the Biography.com Web site: http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9542402&page=1.
  • Editors. (2008). The Karen Silkwood story. Retrieved 25 Nov. 2008 from the Frontline Web site: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/reaction/interact/silkwood.html.
  • Rashke, R. (2000). The killing of Karen Silkwood: The story behind the Kerr-McGee plutonium case. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

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