- 2 hr 11 min
Silkwood is a movie based on the real life events which occurred in a town in Oklahoma. The title character of Karen Silkwood is played by Meryl Streep. Karen works at a fuel manufacturing plant which makes nuclear rods for use in reactors. The story centers around the early years of this type of manufacturing and the lack of safety enforcement in many of the plants associated with producing these rods. Karen Silkwood begins to question the safety at the plant when several coworkers begin showing signs of radiation poisoning. The plant is contracted to produce rods for the different companies using nuclear reactors. When the plant falls behind on one of their major contracts, the managers try to speed things up by cutting corners on safety precautions. Karen Silkwood decides to investigate what is happening at the plant so she can report it to the authorities. The executives at the plant discover what she is doing and take steps to prevent her from getting any authorities involved in the plant's unsafe production methods. As the story unfolds, viewers also get a glimpse of Karen's personal life. She lives in a house with her boyfriend and best friend, who also work at the same plant. The plant has equipment installed to detect the presence of radiation on employees who leave the work area. As employees leave, they must walk through a detector which sounds an alarm if the radiation levels on the person are above the safe limit. As Karen becomes involved her investigation, the steps the executives take to stop her involve exposing her to high levels of radiation without her knowledge. Every time she walks through the detector the alarm sounds. When the alarm sounds, the employee has to go through a rigorous scrub down to remove the radiation. One particular scene in the movie has Karen going through the detector repeatedly and having it sound every time she does, so she has to be scrubbed down again and again.