Joe Hill Movie Review Summary

Actors: Thommy Berggren, Anja Schmidt, Kelvin Malave, Evert Anderson, Cathy Smith

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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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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   left-wing-but-not-quite-communist activism!    -   union leaders fighting for labor rights Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   blue collar worker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion    -   moving train    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only

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