Release Date: May 3rd, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 14th, 2001
PG-13|2 hr 12 min
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.
Director: John Sayles
Genres: Historical drama
Production Co: Cinecom Entertainment Group, Film Gallery, Goldcrest Films, Ltd., Red Dog Films