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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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A gripping reality that still exists in America. See more (37 total) »

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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Harlan County USA' (2006) (V)See more »
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Dark As A DungeonSee more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A gripping reality that still exists in America., 7 May 2003
Author: emma502 from iowa city, iowa

Dirt roads, no plumbing, wages lower than the standard living condition rates, abused mentally and physically by a large monopolistic corporation, and a lack of a full education are all factors that led to the strike of the minors in Harlan County. A county that time as well as the nation forgot. A county that did not progressed on beyond the persecution and disgraceful treatment of the 1930's proletariat. A county where the average man lived in constant fear that there would not be a constant and or adequate income; where the only way to see change was to unite and to revolt by any means to force people to see the intolerable conditions that they live in.

This documentary was filmed over a period of 4 years which in turn showed the lack of speed for a change from a peon work ethic to one of equality. The men of the mine saw the results that a union in other parts of the country and the standard of living that most Americans enjoyed as compared to their own situation. The community of Harlan County had a desire for change from an almost forced labor to one where the worker could make choices, have health care and to not live from pay check to pay check. The men and the woman were willing to risk everything for a better future for their children. The wives of the minors not only lived in the same conditions but had the same drive for changes and a difference. The women not only increased the numbers for picket lines but they also brought the importance of the strike to an `at home' feel. The rough terrain, harsh living community, and dirty, dingy way of life that a miner and a miner's family lived in was adequately represented in the film via the raw nature of the interviews and the in the field live spontaneous coverage. You as the viewer did not sit back and watch the film but instead were brought in to the lives of these men and woman. The filming brought a sense to the audience that you were there on the picket line, you felt the terror of being attacked, and you experienced the chaos when shots were fired at unarmed citizens. The falling of the camera and the blackness of the shot exemplifies the nature of not understanding what was going on at that moment. This in your face type of filming also show all aspects of what a strike of this nature entails. The viewer saw the aftermath and hospitalization of the battles between unarmed men and the `gun -thugs' sent to end picket lines. Like Bordwall and Thompson state the film crew used was small and more mobile, this not only rejected the traditional ideals of script and structure but also allowed the film makers to almost disappear into the back ground and let the action unfold in font of their eyes. This form of filming were there is a no holds bar or in your face tactic shows all portions of the incident, meaning that there is a feeling that the camera was never turned off. It brought light to a subject that most would not have known about, a subject that it profoundly influenced. The press that such documentaries bring to these hidden incidents carries a strong level of change and importance that otherwise would not be there. The filming of these events is intense. The film must express the telling of a complete story, one that ties the events that previously unfolded through the elapsed filming time to a coherent ending, being it either good or bad. The documentary film is a modern day form of passing on a lesson or an experience to a new audience, the modern day word of mouth story telling.

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