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Running Time 132 min
MPAA rating PG-13
Release Date Aug 28, 1987
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Matewan

Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper), a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson (James Earl Jones) 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.

Starring
Chris Cooper Joe Kenehan
Will Oldham Danny Radnor
James Jones 'Few Clothes' Johnson
Mary McDonnell Elma Radnor
Bob Gunton C.E. Lively
Kevin Tighe Hickey
Gordon Clapp Griggs
Josh Mostel Cabell Testerman
Joe Grifasi Fausto
Maggie Renzi Rosaria
David Strathairn Sid Hatfield

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