Radium Girls follows the story of teen sisters Bessie (Joey King) and Josephine (Abby Quinn) Cavallo, who dream of Hollywood and Egyptian pyramids as they paint luminous watch dials at the American Radium factory in New Jersey. When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world is turned upside down as a mystery slowly unravels. In her search for answers, she discovers a corporate cover-up and, in a radical coming of age story, Bessie and the Radium Girls decide to take on American Radium.
Based on true events, the national sensation following the case of the Radium Girls ultimately led to significant and lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety and the study of radioactivity.
- Starring : Joey King / Abby Quinn
- Genre : Drama
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Lydia Dean Pilcher / Ginny Mohler
- Production : Cine Mosaic
- Distributor : Juno Films
Radium Girls movie
Radium Girls release date
- April 27, 2018 : USA (Tribeca Film Festival)
- April 3, 2020 : USA
Radium Girls cast
- Joey King as Bessie
- Abby Quinn as Josephine
- Cara Seymour as Wiley Stephens
- Scott Shepherd as Mr. Leech
- Susan Heyward as Etta
- Neal Huff as Dr. Flint
- Collin Kelly-Sordelet as Walt
- John Bedford Lloyd as Arthur Roeder
- Joe Grifasi as Nonno
- Brandon Gill as Thomas
- Olivia Macklin as Paula
- Colby Minifie as Doris
- Greg Hildreth as Henry Berry
- Veanne Cox as Dr. Katherine Drinker
- Tom Galantich as Radium Lawyer
Radium Girls marks the feature directorial debuts of Emmy-winning and Academy-Award nominated producer Lydia Dean Pilcher and filmmaker Ginny Mohler, who co-wrote the award-winning original screenplay for Radium Girls with Brittany Shaw. Pilcher produced the film along with Emily McEvoy, and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin.
The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Award.
American actress Joey King (age 20) portrays Bessie. King gained recognition in the comedy film Ramona and Beezus (2010). Her starring role in the true crime drama series The Act (2019) earned both Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance. Her film credits include Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), The Conjuring (2013), White House Down (2013), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), Wish Upon (2017), The Kissing Booth (2018), and Slender Man (2018).
Abby Quinn plays the role of Josephine. Quinn most recently played a lead role in the comedy Good Girls Get High and starred alongside Edie Falco, Jenny Slate, and John Turturro in Landline. She played Annie in Greta Gerwig’s award-winning adaptation of Little Women. In TV, she recently appeared in an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror titled Arkangel, that was directed by Jodie Foster. She also appeared in AMC’s Better Call Saul.
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