Based on the real-life chronicle of the "nine for nine" Pennsylvania coal miners who were rescued in the summer of 2002. Told from their own perspective, the movie reveals their extraordinary experience and, takes viewers inside the mine (shot in real mines and recreated on a soundstage) to show the life-threatening dangers and physical limitations the men faced for 77 hours as they waited for rescue. The movie was shot in many of the actual locations in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, including scenes at the real-life Quecreek mine.Written by
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The title, "The Pennsylvania Miners' Story" says everything you need to know about this lame, by the number MOW. A company like Disney should be able to think of a more creative title than this unimaginative dreck, but then they should also be able to make a better movie. Perhaps it's because the movie was, literally, thrown together in a few months(the script had to be punched out in days)from the time of the real near-disaster in my hometown, or perhaps it's because we already know it ends happily ever after, but no where in the two full hours of viewing did I feel anything resembling tension, suspense, or most importantly, drama. The characters feel cliched, their dialogue stilted and the few attempts at sincerity come off as melodramatic to the nth degree. Disney spent over $1.5 million to acquire the rights to the Miners' life stories. They should have taken the time to write a good, heart-warming script instead of spoonfeeding us garbage. 0 out of 10 stars.
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