Release Date: January 23rd, 1977
DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2006
PG|1 hr 43 min
In this documentary about labor tension in the coal-mining industry, director Barbara Kopple films a strike in rural Kentucky. After the coal miners at the Brookside Mine join a union, the owners refuse the labor contract. Once the miners start to strike, the owners of the mine respond by hiring scabs to fill the jobs of the regular employees. The strike, which lasts more than a year, frequently becomes violent, with guns produced on both sides, and one miner is even killed in a conflict.
Director: Barbara Kopple
Production Co: Cabin Creek
Distributors: Cinema 5 Distributing