• Salt of the Earth (1954)

Salt of the Earth

Release Date: March 14th, 1954

DVD Release Date: July 27th, 1999

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

At New Mexico's Empire Zinc mine, Mexican-American workers protest the unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts. Ramon Quintero (Juan Chacon) helps organize the strike, but he is shown to be a hypocrite by treating his pregnant wife, Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas), with a similar unfairness. When an injunction stops the men from protesting, however, the gender roles are reversed, and women find themselves on the picket lines while the men stay at home.

Cast: Rosaura Revueltas, Juan Chacón, Will Geer, Adolfo Barela, David Wolfe, Mervin Williams, David Sarvis, Henrietta Williams

Director: Herbert J. Biberman

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Independent Production Company (IPC)

Distributors: Criterion Collection, Reel Media International [us]

Keywords: Wife, Sacrifice, Husband, Inspiring, 1950s, Rivalry, Moving, Underdog