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Matewan (1987)

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A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

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Sephus Purcell
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Hickey
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Mingo County, West Virginia, 1920. Coal miners, struggling to form a union, are up against company operators and the gun thugs of the notorious Baldwin-Felts detective agency. Black and Italian miners, brought in by the company to break the strike, are caught between the two forces. UMWA organizer and dual-card Wobbly Joe Kenehan determines to bring the local, Black, and Italian groups together. While Kenehan and his story are fictional, the setting and the dramatic climax are historical; Sid Hatfield, Cabell C. Testerman, C. E. Lively and the Felts brothers were real-life participants, and 'Few Clothes' is based on a character active several years previously. Written by Susan C. Mitchell <susanm@indirect.com>, expanded by Silverwhistle

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30 June 1988 (Australia)  »

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Azok a véres napok  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,680,358 (USA)
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The movie was filmed in the actual American state of West Virginia where the Battle of Matewan took place though it was not filmed in Matewan but the West Virginia town of Thurmond instead portrayed Matewan. See more »

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The steam locomotive used in "Matewan" was ex-New York, Chicago, and St. Louis Railway ("Nickel Plate Road") #765. It was a modern steam locomotive built in the 1940's and thus would not have existed at the time of the events depicted in "Matewan." See more »

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Mrs. Knightes: T'ain't no guns allowed at t'dinner table!
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If All History Lessons Were This Good
18 August 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

With the Corporate greed scandals going on today, it's still a shock to see what went down in the Coal Mines in the 1920's and the battles for worker's rights vs. Greed. This movie plays out like a Woody Guthrie song, a Steinbeck novel; we have the Vigilante Men and the strings being pulled against the common man, whether he/she is local, an immigrant or a minority. Period details are all taken care of, and there's plenty of great suspense and wonderful performances. It gets a 10 from me - how could you not be moved by this film?


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