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Silkwood / They Shoot Horses Don't They?

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Double Feature. Silkwood: Like most people in her Oklahoma home town, Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep) worked in a facility that produced highly radioactive plutonium. The plant balanced profits against worker safety, and Karen herself participated in this charade of economic survivaluntil the inevitable happened to her. Exposed to a lethal dose of plutonium poisoning, Karen faced the indifference and denial of her company. Too spirited to be silenced, she voiced her protests and became a threat to her companyto an entire industry and the government agencies that monitored it. One day she left to meet with a reporter, intending to blow the whistle on the dangerous practices of her plant. Powers are trying to stop her that are as potentially lethal as the atom bomb! They Shoot Horses, Don't They?: A powerful drama set against the framework of a dance marathon in the early 1930s. Desperate people, young and old, enter the marathon to find a place to sleep and eat while thousands outside starve. While the dancers push themselves to the limit of their physical and emotional endurance, barbarous crowds come to watch, to cheer, to be entertained. In the midst of the Depression... people are the ultimate spectacle.

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