Silkwood (1983) (Movie)

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Silkwood is a 1983 American drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen was inspired by the life of Karen Silkwood. Silkwood was a nuclear whistleblower and a labor union activist who died in a suspicious car accident while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the Kerr-McGee plutonium plant where she worked. In real life, her death was vindicated in a victorious 1979 lawsuit, Silkwood v. Kerr-McGee, led by attorney Daniel Sheehan and other founding members of the Christic Institute. The jury rendered its verdict of $10 million in damages to be paid to the Silkwood estate (her children), the largest amount in damages ever awarded for that kind of case at the time. The Silkwood estate eventually settled for $1.3 million. Wikipedia


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Silkwood is a member of the following lists: American films, English-language films, American drama films, 20th Century Fox films, American LGBT-related films, Films based on actual events, Films about the labor movement, Films shot in New Mexico, 1980s drama films and Films set in Oklahoma.

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Angela: They all look as though they died before they were dead.


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