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west virginia based on a true story racism preacher labor union coal mining 1920s miners strike


Release Date: August 28, 1987

Year    :   1987
Slogan    :   «It takes more than guns to kill a man.»
Genres    :   Drama
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Director    :   John Sayles
Producers    :   Maggie Renzi, Peggy Rajski
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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