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Matewan

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Genres: Drama, History
Starring: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell
Director: John Sayles
Plot Synopsis:

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 the town of Matewan’s miners go on strike, organizer Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper, in his screen 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.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: October 29th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1987
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:133 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:Audio commentary featuring Sayles and cinematographer Haskell WexlerNew documentary on the making of the film featuring Sayles, producer Maggie Renzi, production designer Nora Chavooshian, and actors Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, and David StrathairnNew interview with composer Mason Daring on the film’s soundtrackNew program on the film’s production design featuring ChavooshianTrailerPLUS: An essay by critic A. S. Hamrah