About the film
west virginia based on a true story independent film racism preacher labor union coal mining 1920s miners strike
Release Date: August 28, 1987
|Slogan||:||«It takes more than guns to kill a man.»|
|Producers||:||Maggie Renzi, Peggy Rajski|
Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power represented by a coal company and Matewan's vested interests so that justice and workers' rights need not take a back seat to squalid working conditions, exploitation and the bottom line.