Matewan (1987)

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.

  • John Sayles
  • John Sayles
themoviedb icon 7.2/10
  • Release Date: 1987-08-28
  • Views: 71
  • Country: US
  • Language: English | Italiano
  • Runtime: 132
  • Budget: $4,000,000
  • Revenue: $1,680,358
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'Few Clothes' Johnson

Chris Cooper

Joe Kenehan

David Strathairn

Police Chief Sid Hatfield

Josh Mostel

Mayor Cabell Testerman

Mary McDonnell

Elma Radnor

Will Oldham

Danny Radnor

Ken Jenkins

Sephus Purcell

Kevin Tighe


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