overview : 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.
Release Date : Aug 28, 1987
Runtime : 2h 12m
Companies : Cinecom Entertainment Group, Film Gallery, Goldcrest, Red Dog Films
Countries : United States of America
Keywords : west virginia, based on true story, racism, preacher, labor organizer, labor union, coal mining, 1920s, worker's rights, miners strike