THE CHINA SYNDROME
1979, Sony Repertory, 122 min, USA, Dir: James Bridges

The title of this riveting thriller refers to the possibility that a malfunction at a nuclear power plant could cause radioactive material to melt through the floor, “all the way to China.” Bright and ambitious TV reporter Jane Fonda is on assignment with her cameraman Michael Douglas at a Southern California power plant when she learns of an impending control-room crisis involving plant supervisor Jack Lemmon. While the nuclear power industry greeted the film’s premiere with howls of protest, the Three Mile Island accident that followed less than two weeks later gave it a chilling credibility.


AIRPORT ’77
1977, Universal, 114 min, Dir: Jerry Jameson

In the third entry in the series, Jack Lemmon pilots a corporate jet that crashes into the water when an incompetent hijacker rams it into an offshore oil rig.


THE ODD COUPLE
1968, Paramount , 105 min, Dir: Gene Saks

After his wife gives Felix Ungar (Jack Lemmon) the heave-ho, he seeks refuge in the apartment of Oscar Madison (Walter Matthau, a Tony winner for the original Broadway production). But Felix is a neat freak and Oscar a slob, and sparks soon fly in this hilarious adaptation of the hit Neil Simon play


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