Matewan (1987)

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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.

GENRES:  Drama
DIRECTION:  John Sayles
CAST:  Chris Cooper  •  James Earl Jones  •  Mary McDonnell  •  Will Oldham

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Cast & Characters

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
Josh Mostel Mayor Cabell Testerman
Tom Wright Tom

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