Matewan (1987)

PG-13 08/28/1987 (US) Drama 2h 12m

It takes more than guns to kill a man.


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.

  1. John Sayles

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper

    Joe Kenehan

  2. James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    'Few Clothes' Johnson

  3. Mary McDonnell

    Mary McDonnell

    Elma Radnor

  4. Will Oldham

    Will Oldham

    Danny Radnor

  5. David Strathairn

    David Strathairn

    Police Chief Sid Hatfield

  6. Ken Jenkins

    Ken Jenkins

    Sephus Purcell

  7. Gordon Clapp

    Gordon Clapp


  8. Kevin Tighe

    Kevin Tighe


  9. John Sayles

    John Sayles

    Hardshell Preacher

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Full Cast & Crew


Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $4,000,000.00

Revenue $1,680,358.00


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