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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.

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Rated: PG-13
Duration: 0 mins

Cast and crew

Director: John Sayles
Screenwriter: John Sayles
Cast: Chris Cooper
Mary McDonnell
Will Oldham
David Strathairn
Ken Jenkins
Kevin Tighe
Gordon Clapp
James Earl Jones
Josh Mostel
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