DVD - 2019
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Rating: PG-13.
A wrenching historical drama that recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners' struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920. Written and directed by John Sayles, this film issues an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2019].
Edition: Criterion collection.
ISBN: 9781681436531
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 pamphlet (1 page : color illustrations ; folded to 17 cm.)
optical,monaural,Dolby audio
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Jan 23, 2020

Kind of boring movie with several plot holes,,,but it was something that actually happened..

Jul 09, 2018

John Sayles wrote and directed this gut-wrenching account of the infamous Matewan Massacre, a film he has credited with becoming “…a staple in the teaching of U.S. Labour history”. Filmed on location in West Virginia everything in "Matewan" rings true from the costumes and working class accents to some claustrophobic scenes in subterranean mine shafts. Sayles' superb cast breathe life into their characters making the film’s final string of tragedies all the more palpable—most notably Mary McDonnell as a widow trying to keep her idealistic son alive, Kevin Tighe as a particularly nasty Company thug, and David Strathairn as the town’s hard-nosed sheriff desperate to keep the capitalist wolves at bay. An egregious chapter in American democracy presented with passion and cinematic flair.

Oct 26, 2015

Excellent movie about the labor movement and the ruthless attempts by companies to keep the workers from organizing.


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