Matewan Poster

Release Date: May 3rd, 2002

DVD Release Date: August 14th, 2001

PG-13|2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary
Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper), a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson (James Earl Jones) 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.

Cast: Chris Cooper, Will Oldham, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Bob Gunton, Kevin Tighe, Gordon Clapp, Josh Mostel

Director: John Sayles

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Cinecom Entertainment Group, Film Gallery, Goldcrest Films, Ltd., Red Dog Films

Keywords: Quest, Rivalry, Transformation, Inspiring, Gritty, Spirited


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