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Some say it took twenty seconds. Some say the men were doomed from day one. May 9, 1992, the Westray mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, explodes, instantly killing all 26 men working ... See full summary »

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Paul Cowan
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Michael Jones Michael Jones ... Narrator (voice)
Katie Malloch Katie Malloch ... Narrator (voice)
Chantelle McGrath Chantelle McGrath ... Miners daughter
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Some say it took twenty seconds. Some say the men were doomed from day one. May 9, 1992, the Westray mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, explodes, instantly killing all 26 men working underground. A brilliant, innovative film that re-creates some of the Westray disaster's most harrowing moments.

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Canada

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English

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14 September 2001 (Canada) See more »

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A disturbing look at the industry
19 June 2002 | by grabberlimeSee all my reviews

Westray is the true story of the 1992 mine disaster at the Westray coal mine in Nova Scotia. It follows the lives of some of the employees and widows of the 26 miners killed in the disaster. Told in both a first person and narrative account, it tells the story of a disaster waiting to happen, ignored by mgmt & owners.

It is a sad commentary not only on the economy of Nova Scotia in the region, but a condemnation of the industry as a whole. The miners complained to the mgmt, who were afraid of the owners. Both parties felt that their jobs were on the line if they made waves. So they went to work for fear of losing their incomes and ended up losing their lives.

A National Film Board of Canada production. It pulls no punches and makes for an interesting look into the lives of the men & women in this industry.


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