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Release Date: August 28, 1987

Year    :   1987
Slogan    :   «It takes more than guns to kill a man.»
Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Cinecom Entertainment Group, Film Gallery, Goldcrest, Red Dog Films
Director    :   John Sayles
Producers    :   Avy Kaufman, Eve Battaglia, Diana Pokorny, Sarah Green, Maggie Renzi, Ira Deutchman, Peggy Rajski, Peggy Rajski, Amir Jacob Malin, Chris Gibbin, James Glenn Dudelson, Gary Rosenblatt, Mark Balsam, Cilista Eberle, Ned Kandel, Beth Bernstein, Jerry Silva, Barbara Shapiro, Pat McCarthy, Julie Hutchinson, Barbara-Ann Stein, James Dean, Robert Grindrod, Paul Marcus, Paul Marcus, Nancy Kim Parsons, Archie Lambert, Bob Bailey, Pam Flam, Almer Shuttle, Libby Bika
Writers    :   John Sayles
RunTime    :   132 mins.
Budget    :   4000000
Revenue    :   1680358

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.

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