What was this disaster movie?
April 24, 2011 5:36 PM   Subscribe

Movie ID: Disaster film, sabotage at a nuclear plant? (not The China Syndrome)

I vaguely recall seeing part of a movie 20+ years ago on TV. Recollection is hazy, but it takes place at a nuclear or chemical plant that is in danger of an imminent (or ongoing) disaster.

  • The disaster was deliberately caused by a single worker
  • I think it takes place at a nuclear power plant because of radiation/contamination
  • At some point the employees discover that someone (saboteur) has hidden themselves in the contaminated area. May have been dying(?)
  • Vaguely recall a lunch pail figuring into the plot, possibly used to smuggle something in, but could be conflating with another movie.
  • Probably from the 70's or 80's
I'd always thought this was The China Syndrome, but I just watched that and it definitely wasn't it. I've also scanned Wiki's Disaster Film list and didn't see anything from that era. Could have been made for TV.
posted by justkevin to Media & Arts (9 answers total)
There's an episode of MacGuyver that matches almost all of these points.
posted by odinsdream at 5:46 PM on April 24, 2011

Here it is.
posted by odinsdream at 5:48 PM on April 24, 2011

Thanks, but pretty sure that's not it. The person who was hiding I'm 90% sure was a man and dying from the contamination/radiation, and I think was the saboteur.
posted by justkevin at 6:02 PM on April 24, 2011

I'm currently thinking it might have been the made-for-TV Red Alert (1977). There's not much info on it online, but this synopsis sounds pretty close to the mark.
posted by justkevin at 6:20 PM on April 24, 2011

Red Alert did have a lunch pail as a significant plot point in it, and if memory serves the bomber was someone who was sick from radiation.
posted by Gorgik at 8:57 PM on April 24, 2011

Does the climax involve a giant hook traveling the length of the reactor unit to........unhook something? And a guy hangs onto the hook to prevent it from doing its hooky thing? He saves the day.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 9:07 PM on April 24, 2011

Was the bad guy named Ives? If so, Red Alert is the film you want.
posted by SPrintF at 9:21 PM on April 24, 2011

Oh, good lord! I didn't know until just now: Michael Crichton, the author, died a couple of years back.

posted by SPrintF at 9:42 PM on April 24, 2011

Yeah, Spike, that's the climax of the film.
posted by Gorgik at 10:27 PM on April 24, 2011

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