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Matewan 1987

From Amazon: A little-known chapter of American labor history is brought vividly to life in this period drama from writer-director John Sayles. It's a fictional story about labor wars among West Virginia coal miners during the 1920's, but every detail is so right that the film has the unmistakable ring of truth. The tension begins when the Stone Mountain Coal Company of Matewan, West Virginia, announces a lower pay rate for miners, who respond by calling a strike under the leadership of a United Mine Workers representative (Chris Cooper). Proving strength in numbers, the miners are joined by black and Italian miners who initially resist the strike, and a...

Directed By:
John SaylesJohn Sayles
Written By:
John SaylesJohn Sayles
John SaylesJohn Sayles
No image existsChris Cooper
James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones
Mary McDonnellMary McDonnell
No image existsWilliam Oldham
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David StrathairnDavid Strathairn
No image existsJace Alexander
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No image existsNancy Mette
No image existsJosh Mostel
No image existsMaggie Renzi
No image existsFrank Hoyt Taylor
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Matewan Movie Review by Zara (11/14/2007)

I like John Sayles. One of the lesser recognized directors (in as much as the average movie goer wouldn't think "Hey! Have you seen the new John Sayles?"), Sayles can tell an involving story that might come off as flat out boring in less talented hands. He chooses to hit material where there has been some infraction in...

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