DIRECTOR: MIKE NICHOLS
CAST: MERYL STREEP, KURT RUSSELL, CHER, CRAIG T. NELSON
Meryl Streep went some way towards cementing her status as the premiere American actress of her generation by playing Karen Silkwood, a real-life whistleblower activist and employee of Oklahoma’s Kerr-McGee nuclear plant. Nichols’ triumphant return to feature filmmaking after a long hiatus benefits from a fine Nora Ephron screenplay which renders Silkwood—first encountered living with her boyfriend (Kurt Russell) and lesbian galpal (Cher)—not as a martyr, but as an ordinary, decent woman thrust into extraordinary, indecent circumstances.
Silkwood is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.