Karen Silkwood, a worker at the Kerr-McGee nuclear materials plant in Cimarron, Oklahoma, died in 1974 in a suspect auto accident on her way to meet a New York Times
reporter to present evidence she had gathered concerning safety violations at her workplace. Based on that story, SILKWOOD
is a sensational expose of big business seen through the eyes of average working people. Meryl Streep, in another brilliant portrayal, is the title character, a tough, hard-drinking woman who lives with her boyfriend (Kurt Russell), and a lesbian friend (an engagingly low-key Cher). In the course
of her dull, dangerous job at Kerr-McGee, Silkwood is repeatedly contaminated. ...