1983 R 2h 11m DVD


1983 R 2h 11m DVD
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While working at a nuclear power plant, Karen Silkwood becomes heavily involved in union work, but her evidence of the company's safety violations may never make it to the right people.
Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, David Strathairn, Craig T. Nelson, Fred Ward, Diana Scarwid, Ron Silver, Bruce McGill
Mike Nichols
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, above all, this is a very sad and disturbing movie about corporate greed and class difference that tells an inspirational story. There is occasional profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "asshole," "bitch," and more, as well as a few slurs: "dyke," "gook." Sexual scenes are presented as loving expressions of feeling and include kissing, embracing, and, except for one brief flash of breast, no nudity. Smoking and beer drinking are continuous and there is one scene in which characters share a marijuana cigarette.

Sexual Content

In several romantic scenes, a man and woman in love engage in kissing, embracing, some foreplay, with one off-camera suggestion of oral sex. A teasing flash of female breast is played as humor. One leading character is involved in a lesbian relationship, but none of the couple's sexual activity is shown.


Four separate sequences show women being "decontaminated" by undergoing painful, dehumanizing cleansing treatments: scouring, scrubbing, high pressure hosing. One unanswered punch is thrown. There are two car accidents: in one, a deer is hit and the occupant of the car is slightly injured; in the second, the tragic aftermath is shown briefly.


Occasional language includes: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "bulls--t," "motherf--ker," "Goddamn," "asshole," "pecker." Slurs used are: "dyke," "gook," and a negative reference to a "colored person."

Social Behavior

Though the outcome is not a happy one, this film proves that one individual speaking out and acting on behalf of a larger group is necessary, admirable, and may require great courage. High on the list of desirable traits portrayed are: taking risks for the safety of others, questioning authority, and providing unconditional love and support for people who are doing the right thing. On the negative side, corporate interests are not to be trusted, depicted as callous, unethical, and perhaps criminal.


Coca Cola and Coors beer are frequently consumed to indicate lifestyle choices. Other brands mentioned or seen: ex-lax, Wonder Bread, Lone Star beer, Rice-a-Roni, American Airlines.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Set in the early 1970s multiple characters drink beer in scene after scene and smoke throughout. Three characters share a marijuana cigarette, and availability of pot is discussed.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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