Silkwood

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Silkwood, Mike Nichols' award winning biopic of whistle-blower Karen Silkwood, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. This is a bare-bones release from MGM that would have benefited from the inclusion of some documentary materials on the real life people portrayed in ...
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Silkwood, Mike Nichols' award winning biopic of whistle-blower Karen Silkwood, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. This is a bare-bones release from MGM that would have benefited from the inclusion of some documentary materials on the real life people portrayed in the film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: Mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Mike Nichols returned to directing films in 1983 after an eight-year hiatus with this absorbing if diffuse examination of the life of anti-nuke whistleblower Karen Silkwood. Somewhat of a departure from the typical conspiracy thriller treatment of this kind of material, the script develops the story deliberately, making Silkwood's heroism all the more credible. The film explores the dynamics of the relationship of the woman with her housemates, lover Kurt Russell and gay friend Cher, at considerable length. In fact, these characters are so given so much screen time that they sometimes distract from the main events of the story, the radiation contamination of Silkwood and other workers at the Kerr-McGee nuclear plant in Oklahoma. But it's difficult to imagine how it could have been otherwise in a story in which the lead character is basically an unwitting victim of negligence until well into the film. Nichols allowed the acting talents of Russell and Cher, who was nominated for an Academy Award, to flourish here, and Streep, also nominated, added yet another to her gallery of memorable performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • UPC: 027616896605
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:11:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Karen Silkwood
Kurt Russell Drew Stephens
Cher Dolly Pelliker
Craig T. Nelson Winston
Diana Scarwid Angela
Fred Ward Morgan
Ron Silver Paul Stone
Charles Hallahan Earl Lapin
Josef Sommer Max Richter
Sudie Bond Thelma Rice
E. Katherine Kerr Gilda Schultz
Bruce McGill Mace Hurley
David Strathairn Wesley
J.C. Quinn Curtis Schultz
Kent Broadhurst Carl
Richard Hamilton Georgie
Les Lannom Jimmy
James Rebhorn Los Alamos Doctor
Ray Baker Pete Dawson
Norm Colvin Zachary
Christopher Saylors Buddy
Henderson Forsythe Quincy Bissell
M. Emmet Walsh Walt Yarborough
Graham Jarvis Union Meeting Doctor
Michael Bond 2nd Los Alamos Doctor
Bill Cobbs Man in Lunchroom
Gary Grubbs Randy Fox
Betty Harper May Bissell
Tess Harper Linda Dawson
Anthony Heald 2nd Union Meeting Doctor
Betty King Nurse
John Martin Man with Flashlight
Will Patton Joe
Vern Porter Bill Charlton
Tom Stovall Los Alamos Doctor
Jim Beaver Plant Manager
Technical Credits
Mike Nichols Director, Producer
Alice Arlen Screenwriter
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Richard Brick Production Manager
Larry Cano Executive Producer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Nora Ephron Screenwriter
Mary Goldberg Casting
Michael Hausman Producer
Derek R. Hill Set Decoration/Design
Buzz Hirsch Executive Producer
Richard James Art Director
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Mills Makeup
Sam O'Steen Editor
Miroslav Ondrícek Cinematographer
Dennis Peeples Set Decoration/Design
Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Stovall Associate Producer
Joel Tuber Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/"Name?" [2:50]
2. Trained Technicians [3:13]
3. Munching and Meddling [4:49]
4. A Visit, Not a Party [12:05]
5. The Accused & the Cooked [4:42]
6. Cancer Candidates? [4:30]
7. "I Love You, Karen" [5:06]
8. Contaminated, Scrubbed... [7:40]
9. ...And Transferred [4:50]
10. Help for the Union [4:35]
11. Angela and the Road [6:27]
12. A Moral Imperative [6:43]
13. Quit...and Quitting [5:44]
14. "You're Two People" [3:14]
15. Winston's Drawer [2:17]
16. Modem Canaries? [7:30]
17. Blood and Tears [6:40]
18. Union Business [7:47]
19. Drew Is Back [3:25]
20. The Radiation Inside [6:40]
21. Surveying the Wreckage [4:36]
22. Who Knew or Said What [5:01]
23. Foolish Plans [7:26]
24. Epilogue/End Credits [2:53]
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Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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