Matewan (1987)

It takes more than guns to kill a man.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1987-08-28
  • User Rating: 7.2/10 from 56 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 12min
  • Language: English
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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Camera Haskell Wexler Director of Photography
Sound Skip Lievsay Supervising Sound Editor
Production Maggie Renzi Producer
Sound Mason Daring Original Music Composer
Production Peggy Rajski Producer
Writing John Sayles Screenplay
Directing John Sayles Director
Costume & Make-Up Cynthia Flynt Costume Designer
Art Dan Bishop Art Direction
Art Nora Chavooshian Production Design
Editing Sonya Polonsky Editor