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Brian Dennehy (F/X movies, Gorky Park) is Don Sheppard, a chemical plant manager ordered to cut costs and sacrifice safety to keep up production. But when the plant starts leaking toxic waste into a nearby town and management tries to hush it up, Don decides to fight back. Cicely Tyson (A Man Called Adam) is Janet Framm, the city manager who tries to warn the town’s citizens of the possibility of a catastrophic accident, only to be silenced by the local politicians. Do they still have time to stop a toxic disaster from happening? Or is it inevitable? Kenneth McMillan (Dune) and Christine Ebersole (Black Sheep) co-star.
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This plant makes a very toxic reactive chemical they call K-34 for short. When foreign competitors lower their prices, the Oakbridge plant must produce more for less, forcing workers to put in long exhausting hours and to bypass maintenance schedules. Since this is a story about an accident...
To add to the drama a romance develops between the boss (Brian Dennehy) and new employee (Beah Richards).
I liked the realism of the OSHA regulations and recommendations such as using the shower for 15 minutes. Their level A rescue suits were real and would be the ones they would use in that type of situation. The drama aspect was made for TV as was this film. The accident comes late into the film after you get to know the people who are affected by it. The film is not great action or drama, but one that attempts to make a statement.
Parental Guide: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Implied sex (2 people kiss, turn out the lights, then wake up in the same room.)