About the life and death of the legendary Swedish/American agitator Joe Hill.

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Cast overview:
Thommy Berggren ...
Joe Hill
Anja Schmidt ...
Lucia
Kelvin Malave ...
The Fox
Evert Anderson ...
Blackie
Cathy Smith ...
Cathy
Hasse Persson ...
Paul
David Moritz ...
David
Richard Weber ...
Richard
Joel Miller ...
Ed Rowan
Robert Faeder ...
George
Michael Logan
Wendy Geyer ...
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (as Wendy Geier)
Liska March ...
The Charity Woman
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In the early 1900's, the legendary Joe Hill emigrates with his brother to the United States. But after a short time, he loses touch with his brother. Joe gets a few jobs but is struck by all the injustice and tragedy going on. He becomes active in the forbidden union IWW, a union for workers without trades. It is forbidden to demonstrate and to speak in public but Joe gets around that by singing his manifests with the Salvation Army. He manages to get more and more people to get on strike with him but he also makes powerful enemies doing that. Finally he gets connected with a murder and during the trial he fires his lawyer and takes upon himself to become his own defender. Written by Movie-Man <soderberg@softhome.net>

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"I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night. Alive as you or me. Says I, but Joe you're ten years dead. I never died says he."


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25 August 1971 (Sweden)  »

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The Ballad of Joe Hill  »

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Apart from Thommy Berggren in the leading role just about all actors were amateurs, most of them making their one and only movie appearance. See more »

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Joe Hill
Lyrics by Alfred Hayes
Music by Earl Robinson
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Fable of the unjust execution of an early American labor hero
25 January 1999 | by (London (England)) – See all my reviews

I first saw this one when I was young and passionate about building a just society - loved it. Saw it again recently on TV - didn't think it would stand up, but it did. I still cried. It's a well-scripted, beautifully-crafted little gem that has something genuine to say and says it powerfully and clearly. Would make a great double-bill with "Winstanley". Full of optimism and idealism for making the world a better place. Also very sad and tragic. Old-fashioned socialism, but superbly well packaged. Heart in exactly the right place (with a target pinned over it).


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