D: Mike Nichols
ABC (Mike Nichols & Michael Hausman)
US 1983
131 mins


W: Nora Ephron & Alice Arlen
DP: Miroslav Ondricek
Ed: Sam O'Steen
Mus: Georges Delerue

Meryl Streep (Karen Silkwood), Kurt Russell (Drew Stephens), Cher (Dolly Pelliker), Craig T. Nelson (Winston), Diana Scarwid (Angela), Fred Ward (Morgan)

Based on the true story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a Texas chemical plant who campaigned for her company to provide safe measures against exposure to plutonium and it's carcinogenic effects.
The movie has a TV movie feel to it, with low-key direction by Mike Nichols, but the trio of performances from Meryl Streep as Karen, Kurt Russell as her boyfriend and Cher as her lesbian housemate make this eminently watchable. 
One little criticism is simply due to hindsight and wasn't considered a big deal when the film was made in 1983. This is that it depicts Silkwood as a habitual chain smoker, smoking cigarettes in practically every scene. As said above, the irony of this wouldn't have stood out in 1983, but by modern standards seems like Ronald McDonald campaigning about the dangers of eating fast food.
Nevertheless, a very good biopic and a unique insight into the unscrupulous practices of a nuclear plant.

Meryl Streep in Silkwood
Meryl Streep in Silkwood