Matewan Trailer

Matewan Trailer (1987)

"It takes more than guns to kill a man." 28 August 1987 Drama 132 mins

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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Chris Cooper

as Joe Kenehan

James Earl Jones

as 'Few Clothes' Johnson

Mary McDonnell

as Elma Radnor

Will Oldham

as Danny Radnor

David Strathairn

as Police Chief Sid Hatfield

Ken Jenkins

as Sephus Purcell

Gordon Clapp

as Griggs

Kevin Tighe

as Hickey

John Sayles

as Hardshell Preacher

Bob Gunton

as C.E. Lively

Josh Mostel

as Mayor Cabell Testerman


John Sayles


Haskell Wexler

Haskell Wexler Director of Photography

International Releases Dates

United States 28 August 1987

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