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28 September 1977 (France) See more »
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A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Norman Yarborough ... Himself - Eastover Mining President
Houston Elmore ... Himself - UMW organizer
Phil Sparks ... Himself - UMW staff
John Corcoran ... Himself - Consolidated Coal President
John O'Leary ... Himself - former Bureau of Mines director
Donald Rasmussen ... Himself - Blackwing Clinic, WV (as Dr. Donald Rasmussen)
Hawley Wells Jr. ... Himself (as Dr. Hawley Wells Jr.)
Tom Williams ... Himself - Boyle campaigner
Chip Yablonski ... Himself
Ken Yablonski ... Himself
Logan Patterson ... Himself - negotiator
Harry Patrick ... Himself - UMW secretary-treasurer
Mike Trbovich ... Himself - UMW VP
Bernie Aronson ... Himself - UMW staff
Guy Farmer ... Himself - BCPA General Counsel
Nimrod Workman ... Himself
Bessie Lou Cornett ... Herself
Jerry Wynn ... Himself - miner
Bob Davis ... Himself - miner
Lois Scott ... Herself
Joe Dougher ... Himself - miner
Jerry Johnson ... Himself - miner
Sudie Crusenberry ... Herself
Dorothy Johnson ... Herself
Betty Eldridge ... Herself
Ron Curtis ... Himself - miner
Bill Doan ... Himself - miner
Phyllis Boyens ... Herself
Florence Reece ... Herself
E.B. Allen ... Himself
Jim Thomas ... Himself
Mickey Messer ... Himself
Nanny Rainey ... Herself
Tom Pysell ... Himself
Tommy Fergerson ... Himself
Bill Worthington ... Himself
Crystal Fergerson ... Herself
Barry Speilberg ... Himself
Polly Jones ... Herself
Diane Jones ... Herself
Otis King ... Himself
Mary Lou Fergerson ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
W.A. 'Tony' Boyle ... Himself
Basil Collins ... Himself - mine foreman
Carl Horn ... Himself
Lawrence Jones ... Himself - shooting victim
John L. Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
Arnold Miller ... Himself
William Simon ... Himself
Richard Trumka ... Himself
Billy G. Williams ... Himself - Harlan County sheriff
Joseph Yablonski ... Himself (archive footage)

Barbara Kopple ... Herself (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Barbara Kopple 
 
Produced by
Barbara Kopple .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hazel Dickens 
Merle Travis 
 
Cinematography by
Kevin Keating 
Hart Perry 
 
Film Editing by
Nancy Baker 
Mirra Bank 
Lora Hays 
Mary Lampson 
 
Production Management
Marc Weiss .... production manager: Miller-Boyle Campaign (as Marc N. Weiss)
 
Sound Department
Rhetta Barron .... assistant sound editor
Tim Colman .... additional sound
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Bob Gates .... additional sound
Barbara Kopple .... sound recordist
Judy Rabinovitz .... assistant sound editor
Helene Susman .... assistant sound editor
Joshua Waletzky .... sound editor (as Josh Waletzky)
John Walz .... additional sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Donovan .... assistant camera
Michael Hamilton .... assistant camera
Tom Hurwitz .... additional cinematographer
Anne Lewis II .... assistant camera
George Liebert .... assistant grip
Alex Lukman .... assistant camera
Flip McCarthy .... additional cinematographer
Phil Parmet .... additional cinematographer
Shane Zarintash .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Mirra Bank .... contributing editor
Lora Hays .... consulting editor
Lawrence Mischel .... negative cutter
Sue Mischel .... negative cutter
 
Other crew
Jean Bertl .... titles
Mariann Dusseldorp .... unspecified assistant
Jose Gallardo .... titles
Barbara Johnson .... unspecified assistant
Anne Lewis II .... associate director
Teri Siegel .... unspecified assistant
 
Thanks
Bernie Aronson .... thanks
Ting Barrow .... thanks
Robert Boehm .... thanks
Bernie Chertok .... thanks
David Chertok .... thanks
Heleny Cook .... thanks
Alida Davison .... thanks
Suzy Elmiger .... thanks
Leon Gast .... thanks
Robert Gumpert .... thanks
Carol Guyer .... thanks
Cynthia Guyer .... thanks
Barbara Haspiel .... thanks
Nancy Higgins .... thanks
Anne Hoblitzelle .... thanks
Robert Kaylor .... thanks
Alfred S. Kopple .... thanks
Majorie Kopple .... thanks
Peter Kopple .... thanks
Laura Lesser .... thanks
Alan Manger .... thanks
Richard Pearce .... thanks
Michael Penland .... thanks
D.A. Pennebaker .... thanks
Hart Perry .... thanks
George Pillsbury .... thanks
Barrie Singer .... thanks
Marvin Soloway .... thanks
Bill Susman .... thanks
Simone Swan .... thanks
Rip Torn .... thanks
Meri Weingarten .... thanks (as Merry Weingarten)
Mo Weitzman .... thanks (as Moe Weitzman)
Myrna Zimmerman .... thanks
 

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When filming began, the film was intended to be about the 1972 campaign by Arnold Miller and Miners For Democracy to unseat UMWA president Tony Boyle, in the aftermath of Joseph Yablonski's murder; but the Harlan County strike began and caused the filmmakers to change their principal subject, with the campaign and murder becoming secondary subjects.See more »
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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
My favorite film, 5 May 2001
Author: Neil Pollock from Sydney, Australia

After voting for almost 1000 films in the Internet Movie Database I rate Harlan County USA as the best film I've ever seen. I think that means that it moved me more than any other. I've seen it four times but not for many years.

Last night I watched the made for TV Harlan County War, but switched the video off half way through. It didn't add anything to the original documentary which also covered this long strike at the Brookside mine in 1973. In fact the dramatisation made the unfolding events of the strike look somewhat predictable and cliched - playing out with similarities to Norma Rae.

In Barbara Kopple's film I was horrified that the strike was over something we here take for granted in Australia - the simple right for the workforce at a place of employment to be represented by a labor union. The hypocrisy of the US government's persistent claim that the nation is a leader in democratic rights was never been made so apparent (except perhaps in Salt of the Earth)

What's so great about Harlan County USA?

* The clarity of the portrayal of the grotesque power of monopoly capital

* The way Koppel and crew are right in there, every day, every night - totally committed to the struggle, not just observers They're not your back to the city at 5pm chroniclers - they're in there for the long haul.

* The way that representatives of Duke Power so eloquently state their sheer nastiness and lack of basic humanity

* The evocative portrayal of the tensions amongst the strikers and the ebbs and flows of enthusiasm, optimism, despair, pessimism, solidarity, and opportunism.

* The way it captures the dimension of violence in US labor relations - in the land of the gun.

* The emergence of stong women and the pivotal role they played.

* The haunting music of Hazel Dickens.

* The moving songs of black-lung affected Nimrod Workman.

* The dramatic juxtaposition of the beauty of the woods and hollows and the grinding poverty and deplorable living conditions.

* The broader chronicling of the conditions in the "Other America".

* The trip to New York to put their case and a great conversation between a Kentucky miner and a police officer.

Above all this is a film that can inspire the powerless to take on the mighty - because working people do have tremendous bargaining power, if they stay resilient and united.

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