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The Chain Reaction (1980)

An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will ... See full summary »

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Ian Barry

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Ian Barry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Bisley ... Larry
Arna-Maria Winchester ... Carmel
Ross Thompson Ross Thompson ... Heinrich
Ralph Cotterill Ralph Cotterill ... Gray
Hugh Keays-Byrne ... Eagle
Lorna Lesley Lorna Lesley ... Gloria
Richard Moir ... Jr. Const. Pigott
Patrick Ward Patrick Ward ... Oates
Laurie Moran Laurie Moran ... Police Sgt. McSweeney
Michael Long Michael Long ... Doctor
Bill McCluskey Bill McCluskey ... Ralph
Margo Lloyd Margo Lloyd ... Molly
Tim Burns ... Survey driver
Arthur Sherman Arthur Sherman ... Byron Langley
Barry Donnelly Barry Donnelly ... Gateman
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Storyline

An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will poison the groundwater for hundreds of miles around, and wants to warn the public. His boss, however, is only interested in protecting himself, and believes the accident should be covered up, even at the expense of thousands of lives. Heinrich escapes from the facility, but is too badly injured to get very far. Lost in the woods and suffering from amnesia, he is rescued by Larry, an auto mechanic on vacation with his wife, Carmel. As Heinrich tries to piece together his memories of what happened, his boss' thugs are quickly closing in on the trio. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A fast drive to Paradise turns into a nuclear nightmare ! See more »

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Action | Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1980 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuclear Run See more »

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Budget:

AUD450,000 (estimated)
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Palm Beach Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Principal photography on this movie involved a substantial amount of night shooting. See more »

Goofs

When Larry shoots the man off the roof of his Ute, buildings are clearly visible in the background, but after the camera cuts from inside the car back to the outside, the man is seen falling off the Ute, and there are no buildings in the background. See more »

Quotes

Eagle: Listen, WALDO isn't exactly human. WALDO is a multinational corporation, working the ass-end of the nuclear cycle. Professor Heinrich and I once conjected the possibility of a high-level nuclear excursion, thats a link! Now, last night, he reversed charged a call from here, and he was cut-off before I could get the details, but it was quite obvious that he was in BIG TROUBLE!
Larry: Do me a favor mate, I've got enough trouble of my own!
Eagle: [Points outside to plane flying over] Thats trouble laddy! And ...
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Goose drives again!
15 June 2000 | by Krogh71See all my reviews

This was a pleasant surprise I caught on cable one day. Opening a year after Mad Max and with 2 actors Steve Bisley and Hugh Keays-Byrne also from Mad Max this little action/thriller is very entertaining. Aussies really know how to put together some great car chases - lots of V8 engine noises and cameras by the wheel, this movie has at least 2 that beat the crap out of several hundred car chases in American movies. The story might be a little far-fetched but nothing that's intolerable. I gave this one an 8/10, without the car chases a 7.


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