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Salt of the Earth (1954)

 -  Drama | History  -  14 March 1954 (USA)
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Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sheriff
David Wolfe ...
Barton
Mervin Williams ...
Hartwell
David Sarvis ...
Alexander
Rosaura Revueltas ...
Esperanza Quintero
E.A. Rockwell ...
Vance
William Rockwell ...
Kimbrough
Juan Chacón ...
Ramon Quintero (as Juan Chacon)
Henrietta Williams ...
Teresa Vidal
Ángela Sánchez ...
Consuelo Ruiz (as Angela Sanchez)
Clorinda Alderette ...
Luz Morales
Virginia Jencks ...
Ruth Barnes
Clinton Jencks ...
Frank Barnes
Joe T. Morales ...
Sal Ruiz
Ernesto Velázquez ...
Charley Vidal (as Ernest Velasquez)
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Based on an actual strike against the Empire Zinc Mine in New Mexico, the film deals with the prejudice against the Mexican-American workers, who struck to attain wage parity with Anglo workers in other mines and to be treated with dignity by the bosses. In the end, the greatest victory for the workers and their families is the realization that prejudice and poor treatment are conditions that are not always imposed by outside forces. Written by Bob Shields <rshields@igc.apc.org>

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Banned! The film the US government didn't want you to see! See more »

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Rosaura Revueltas, who played Esperanza Quintero, was a noted screen actress in her native Mexico. After this film was distributed, she was accused of being a Communist and deported. While she continued to appear in Mexican cinema, she never made another film in the US. See more »

Goofs

When Ramon is in the bar, his hands change position several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

Esperanza Quintero: Whose neck shall I stand on to make me feel superior, and what will I have out of it? I don't want anything lower than I am. I am low enough already. I want to rise and to push everything up with me as I go.
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Referenced in Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman (2007) See more »

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We Shall Not be Moved
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Sung by the women on the picket line
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14 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the most moving motion picture I have ever seen. To think that people with no acting experience could evoke such emotions. They all deserved and Oscar for their performances. The courage of the people throughout the picture is evident. I'm ashamed of our government for allowing such events leading up to the making of this moving film, but had it not occurred we would never have had the opportunity of seeing it. This film has had a profound effect on a lot of people allowing them to see how power in the wrong hands can do more harm than good. We must protect our country from harmful influences but at what price? I wish more movies moved me as much as this one.


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