Matewan Movie Review Summary

Actors: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, David Strathairn, Ken Jenkins, Gordon Clapp, Kevin Tighe

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Set at the height of labor disputes in the Appalachian Mountains, tensions in a small company mining are seemingly as taut as they can possibly be when labor organizer Joe Kenehan (Cooper) comes to town. The fragile peace is set to shatter, even more so when African-American and Italian scabs are sent in to replace striking workers. Sayles has cameo as a hardshell Baptist preacher.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   union leaders fighting for labor rights Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   blue collar common worker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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