Matewan

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


One of John Sayles’s most impressive achievements as a filmmaker is this excellent document of the 1920 coal miner’s strike of Matewan, West Virginia.  plays a Union leader from outside who comes to the town to help ease the situation and assist the labourers towards a successfully formed Union and agreement with their employers. While trying to accomplish this, however, he has to contend with the divisions between the white, black and Italian immigrant groups that make up the labourers and who don’t get along too well with each other. Grand things are accomplished in the smaller moments in this absolutely riveting film, one which also features an early performance by  that practically steals the show. Excellent acting and character depth all around, something we’ve come to expect from Sayles’s movies.


Cinecom Entertainment Group, Film Gallery, Goldcrest Films International, Red Dog Films

USA, 1987

Directed by

Screenplay by John Sayles

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1987

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