Movie : Matewan
Director: John Sayles
Actors: 1987, Bob Gunton, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Frank Hoyt Taylor, Gary McCleery, Gordon Clapp, Ida Williams, Jace Alexander, James Earl Jones, Jo Henderson, Joe Grifasi, John Sayles, Josh Mostel, Ken Jenkins, Kevin Tighe, Maggie Renzi, Mary McDonnell, Michael Mantell, Nancy Mette, Ric Siler, Scott A Martin, Thomas A Carlin, Thomas Hal Phillips, Tom Carlin, Tom Wright, Will Oldham
Runtime: 135 mins
Released: May 18, 1987
Matewan: Mingo County, West Virginia, 1920. Coal miners, struggling to form a union, are up against company operators and gun thugs; Black and Italian miners, brought in by the company to break the strike, are caught between the two forces. Union activist and ex-Wobbly Joe Kenehan, sent to help organize the union, determines to bring the local, Black, and Italian groups together. Drawn from an actual incident; the characters of Sid Hatfield, Cabell Testerman, C. E. Lively, and Few Clothes Johnson were based on real people.
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