The Chain Reaction

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Main Details

  • Released in 1980
  • Color
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Production and Distribution Co.: Palm Beach Pictures
  • Written and directed by Ian Barry
  • Produced by David Elfick
  • Starring Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson, Ralph Cotterill, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Mel Gibson (cameo)
  • Music by Andrew Thomas Wilson
  • Cinematography by Russell Boyd
  • Film Editing by Tim Wellburn

Plot Summary

  • A holidaying couple is pursued by the thugs of a nearby nuclear storage facility's boss, who is intent on covering up an accidental leak.

Also Known As

  • Detector (Italy)
  • Ketjureaktio (Finland)
  • Die Kettenreaktion (West Germany)
  • Nuclear Run
  • Peligro: reacción en cadena (Spain)
  • Perigo... Reacção em Cadeia (Portugal)
  • Skotoste ton, xerei polla! (Greece)


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