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.
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The Only Blacklisted American Film
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more
When Ramon is in the bar, his hands change position several times between shots. See more
Ramon, I don't like to bother you, but the store, they say, uh, we will not make another payment on the radio this month, they'll come and take it away... We're only one payment behind... I argued with her. It isn't right.
It isn't right, she says. Was it right that we bought this... this instrument? But you *had* to have it, didn't you. It was *nice* to listen to.
I listen to it... every night... when you are out at the beer parlor.
'No money down'. 'Easy term payments'. I tell you something -...
Opening credits prologue: our scene is NEW MEXICO LAND OF THE FREE AMERICANS WHO INSPIRED THIS FILM
HOME OF THE BRAVE AMERICANS WHO PLAYED MOST OF ITS ROLES. See more
Referenced in Trumbo
We Shall Not be Moved
Sung by the women on the picket line See more