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Matewan ()


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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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Joe Kenehan
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Elma Radnor
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Danny Radnor
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Sid Hatfield
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Sephus Purcell
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Hickey
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Tom Griggs
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C.E. Lively
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Hillard Elkins
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Fausto
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Bridey Mae
Jo Henderson ...
Mrs. Elkins
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Cabell Testerman
Gary McCleery ...
Ludie
Maggie Renzi ...
Rosaria
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Tom
Michael B. Preston ...
Ellix (as Michael Preston)
Thomas A. Carlin ...
Turley (as Tom Carlin)
Jenni Cline ...
Luann
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Doolin (as Michael A. Mantel)
J.K. Kent Lilly ...
Pappy's Voice (voice)
Ida Williams ...
Mrs. Knightes
James Kizer ...
Tolbert
Ronnie Stapleton ...
Stennis
Davide Ferrario ...
Gianni
Frank Payne Jr. ...
Old Miner
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Hardshell Preacher
Hazel Dickens ...
Singer
Charles Haywood ...
Sheb
Neale Clark ...
Isaac
Mitch Scott ...
Mister
Hazel Pearl ...
Missus
Michael Frasher ...
Lee Felts
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Al Felts
Fred Decker ...
James
Bill Morris ...
Bass
Delmas Lawhorn ...
Conductor
William Dean ...
Broker
P. Michael Munsey ...
Broker
Thomas Hal Phillips ...
Boxcar Guard (as Hal Phillips)
Stephen C. Hall ...
Redneck Miner
Percy Fruit ...
Black Miner
Thomas Poore ...
Injured Black Miner
Tara Williams ...
Miner's Wife
Gerald Milnes ...
Fiddler
Mason Daring ...
Picker
Jim Costa ...
Mandolin Player
Phil Wiggins ...
Harmonica Player
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Few Clothes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jim Damron ...
Fireman (uncredited)
Jason Jenkins ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Limping Miner (uncredited)
Bill Richardson ...
Coal Miner (uncredited)
Ric Siler ...
Native Miner (uncredited)
Jesse Womack ...
Gun Thug (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Sayles

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John Sayles ... (written by)

Produced by

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Mark Balsam ... executive producer
Ira Deutchman ... associate producer
James Glenn Dudelson ... associate producer
Ned Kendall ... associate producer
Amir Jacob Malin ... executive producer
Peggy Rajski ... producer
Maggie Renzi ... producer
Jerry Silva ... executive producer

Music by

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Mason Daring

Cinematography by

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Haskell Wexler ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Sonya Polonsky

Editorial Department

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David Leonard ... apprentice editor
Geraldine Peroni ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Barbara Shapiro

Production Design by

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Nora Chavooshian

Art Direction by

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Dan Bishop

Set Decoration by

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Anamarie Michnevich
Leslie Pope

Costume Design by

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Cynthia Flynt

Makeup Department

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David Halsey ... hair consultant / makeup consultant
James Sarzotti ... hair stylist / makeup artist

Production Management

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Sarah Green ... assistant production manager
Diana Pokorny ... unit manager
Peggy Rajski ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Benita Allen ... second assistant director
Matia Karrell ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Daniel Boxer ... set dresser assistant
Roland Brooks ... chargeman scenic artist
Jeff Butcher ... property assistant / property production assistant
Howard J. Calvert Jr. ... art department troubleshooter
Jem Cohen ... property assistant
James Dean ... art department production assistant
Anthony Dunne ... construction coordinator (as Tony Dunne)
Ann Edgeworth ... property master
Daniel Fisher ... set dressing production assistant
Chris Gibbin ... art department production assistant
Nancy Gilmore ... set dresser
Brent Haywood ... set builder
Leigh Johnson ... set decorator assistant
Leigh Kyle ... head set dresser
Archie Lambert ... art department production assistant
Bill Lehne ... set builder (as William Lehne)
Pat McClinch ... scenic artist
Bill McKinney ... set dressing production assistant
Ken Nelson ... set builder
Joel Ossenfort ... scenic artist
Kim Parsons ... art department production assistant
Nelle Stokes ... set dressing production assistant (as Nell Stokes)

Sound Department

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Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Tom Fleischman ... sound mixer: Sound One
George A. Lara ... foley mixer
Skip Lievsay ... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield ... assistant sound editor
Bruce Pross ... assistant sound editor
Lisa Schnall ... boom operator
Philip Stockton ... sound editor (as Phil Stockton)
John Sutton ... sound mixer
Christopher Weir ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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Shirley Belwood ... special effects
Russell Berg ... special effects
Peter Kunz ... special effects coordinator
Todd Wolfeil ... special effects

Stunts

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Danny Aiello III ... stunt player
Len DeVirgilio ... stunt player (as Lenny De Virgilio)
Edgard Mourino ... stunt coordinator
Gianni Lazuli ... stunt miner (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Steve Apicella ... video assist operator
Claudia Bailey ... assistant camera: second unit
Arthur Blum ... grip
Lynn Breschel ... best boy
Robert Bruce ... electrician
Stefan Czapsky ... key grip
Mitch Dubin ... camera operator
Robert K. Feldmann ... grip (as Robert Feldman)
Morris Flam ... gaffer
Sean Garrett ... grip assistant
Erica Gelczis ... grip assistant
Louisa Heyward ... electrician
Claiborne Lashley ... grip assistant (as Clai Lashley)
Luke Latino ... grip assistant
Bob Marshak ... still photographer
P. Scott Sakamoto ... first assistant camera (as Scott Sakamoto)
Debbie Sarjeant ... second assistant camera
Lee Shapira ... grip
Newton Thomas Sigel ... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Sigel)

Casting Department

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Eve Battaglia ... casting assistant
Pam Flam ... casting assistant
Julie Hutchinson ... casting assistant
Avy Kaufman ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gabriele Campbell ... wardrobe production assistant
Connie Lucas ... wardrobe production assistant
Susan Lyall ... assistant to costume designer
Holly Scarborough ... wardrobe production assistant
Heidi Shulman ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Paul Marcus ... location manager

Music Department

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Leanne Ungar ... music engineer / music mixer

Transportation Department

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E.W. 'Sonny' Adkins ... driver (as Sonny Adkins)
Mark Moore ... driver: generator
Roscoe Thomas ... driver

Other crew

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Beth Bernstein ... office production assistant
Libby Bika ... office production assistant
Buddy Brewer ... set production assistant
Sandy Cox ... craft service
Cilista Eberle ... production office coordinator
Davide Ferrario ... dialogue coach: Italian
Vincent Gratzer ... intern (as Vince Gratzer)
Robert Grindrod ... assistant auditor
Andrea Gustke ... intern
David Hollander ... legal counsel
Greg Jacobs ... set production assistant
Sara Malossini ... dialogue coach: Italian
Paul Marcus ... coordinator: second unit
Pat McCarthy ... assistant office coordinator
Ralph Renzi ... set production assistant
John Sloss ... legal counsel
Barbara-Ann Stein ... auditor
John Tintori ... script supervisor
Brian Wenk ... set production assistant
Todd Hanson ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 , expanded by Silverwhistle

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Taglines It takes more than guns to kill a man See more »
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Also Known As
  • Matewan - kuoleman kaivos (Finland)
  • Azok a véres napok (Hungary)
  • Matewan-massakren (Denmark)
  • Свидетель (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Matewan - A Luta Final (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 135 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Debut feature film of actor Chris Cooper. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll/Like Father Like Son/Baby Boom/Big Shots/Matewan (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Soundtrack was available on LP, Columbia, 37.089 See more »
Quotes Joe Kenehan: You think this man is the enemy? Huh? This is a worker! Any union keeps this man out ain't a union, it's a goddam club! They got you fightin' white against colored, native against foreign, hollow against hollow, when you know there ain't but two sides in this world - them that work and them that don't. You work, they don't. That's all you get to know about the enemy.
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