Written and directed by John Sayles, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners' struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920. When Matewan's miners go on strike, organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, in his film debut) arrives to help them, uniting workers white and black, Appalachia-born and immigrant, while urging patience in the face of the coal company's violent provocations. With a crackerjack ensemble cast-including James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and Will Oldham-and Oscar-nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler, Matewan taps into a rich vein of Americana with painstaking attention to local texture, issuing an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.

Matewan

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Number of Discs
1
Release Date
04/04/2022
Studio
88 Films
format
Blu-ray / Restored
Duration
133
Certificate UK
15

Written and directed by John Sayles, this wrenching historical drama recounts the true story of a West Virginia coal town where the local miners' struggle to form a union rose to the pitch of all-out war in 1920. When Matewan's miners go on strike, organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, in his film debut) arrives to help them, uniting workers white and black, Appalachia-born and immigrant, while urging patience in the face of the coal company's violent provocations. With a crackerjack ensemble cast-including James Earl Jones, David Strathairn, Mary McDonnell, and Will Oldham-and Oscar-nominated cinematography by Haskell Wexler, Matewan taps into a rich vein of Americana with painstaking attention to local texture, issuing an impassioned cry for justice that still resounds today.

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Director: John Sayles
Producer: Maggie Renzi
Producer: Peggy Rajski
Writer: John Sayles
Music: Mason Daring
Cinematographer: Haskell Wexler
Actor: Chris Cooper
Actor: Will Oldham
Actor: Mary McDonnell
Actor: Bob Gunton
Actor: Ken Jenkins
Actor: Gordon Clapp
Actor: Joe Grifasi
Actor: James Earl Jones
Actor: Josh Motel
Actor: David Straithairn
Actor: Kevin Tighe

Main Format
Blu-ray
Keyword Index
Matewan|Chris Cooper
Colour
Colour
Region
Region B
Extras 1
High Definition extras tbc
Extras 2
Language(s):English, HardofHearingSubtitles:English, Subtitles:English, InteractiveMenu, Mono
Extras 3
BonusFootage, Trailers
Catalogue Number
88FB467

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