Joe Hill is a laboring-class immigrant who works his way across the old American West and tries to organize the workers against their exploitive bosses. Eventually he runs afoul of the powers that be, in the copper mining mountains of Utah, although whether unjustly executed over his socialist activities or a possible affair with a mine owner's beautiful young wife, is not entirely clear. This fable of the unjust execution of an early American labor hero (the one in the traditional song done by Joan Baez at Woodstock, among others), is quiet, sad, and bittersweet. It was made in 1971 by the same director (Bo Widerberg) and star (Berggren) who did the earlier, more famous "Elvira Madigan."
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus