DVD 135 mins IMDB 7.8
Lions Gate (1987)
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Drama, History
USA  /  English

Chris Cooper Joe Kenehan
James Earl Jones 'Few Clothes' Johnson
Mary McDonnell Elma Radnor
Will Oldham Danny Radnor
David Strathairn Police Chief Sid Hatfield
Ken Jenkins Sephus Purcell
Gordon Clapp Griggs
Kevin Tighe Hickey
John Sayles Hardshell Preacher
Bob Gunton C.E. Lively
Jace Alexander
Tom Carlin
Joe Grifasi

Director John Sayles
Producer Mark Balsam; Ira Deutchman; Magie Renzi; Peggy Rajski
Writer John Sayles

It is 1920 and the mining towns of West Virginia are owned and operated by the coal companies. The men are paid by the tonnage of coal they can load, and the companies keep the rate down by importing scab labor, blacks from the South and immigrants fresh off the boat. One such town is Matewan. And when the miners of Matewan go on strike, they have no idea that their action is going to put the town on the map.

The miners of Matewan are at the end of their ropes. The Stone Mountain Coal Company has brought in Italian immigrants, and now proposes to cut the men's wages. Led by Sephus Purcell (Ken Jenkins), the local miners walk out. The company is not slow to respond. To a hostile reception from the local men, a group of black miners arrive in town, among them a giant of a man whose ragged appearance has earned him the name "Few Clothes" Johnson (James Earl Jones.) On the train with them is another newcomer, Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper), former "wobblie" and now a union organizer. (FILMAFFINITY)

Edition Details
Distributor Lions Gate
Barcode 707729100461
Region Region 1
Chapters 35
Release Date 8/14/2001
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
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Purchase Price $14.98
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