Thursday, April 14, 2011

Meep Pic Of The Week: Silkwood (1983)

Another pic this week!

An ABC Motion Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox Release
Original Theatrical Release Date: December 14th, 1983
Availability: DVD 

Meryl Streep's seering performance as Karen Silkwood is one the highlights in this excellent drama based on a true story.

Director Mike Nichols' career has been spotty, but Silkwood is a standout for me. He lets the drama play realistically, presenting Karen as a real woman in over her head as she struggles with exposing the faulty equipment at the nuclear plant she works at and those trying to cover it up. Streep's performance here is masterful. Someone get this lady another Oscar, please. It's been 29 years since she's won one. That's absolutely criminal as she's always amazing in every one of her films.

Silkwood also stars Kurt Russell as her boyfriend, Cher as Karen's best friend who happens to be a lesbian, Diana Scarwid, Craig T. Nelson and Fred Ward. Each of the actors do a great job in creating a realistic atmosphere in Karen's life. Especially as she later goes through the trauma of being exposed to radiation herself; possibly by those who want her out of the picture.

A harrowing drama spiked with humor, tension and great performances. Silkwood is a movie that needs to be seen. Now more than ever after the recent devastation in Japan.


MrJeffery said...

This is a very tense, well-made film. I should revisit it. Besides Streep, I remember really finding Cher's performance moving and believable.

J.D. said...

Kurt Russell was also very, very good in this, proving that he could straight-up dramas like this as well as badass anti-heroes like Snake Plissken.

Andrew Green said...

Ah, a blast from the past that I haven't seen in quite some time....
Great film!

Cinema Du Meep said...

Still holds up after all these years. Glad it has it's fans.

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