Harlan County, U.S.A.

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This film chronicles the bitter and violent struggle waged by coal miners during a strike in 1973 in Eastern Kentucky against the Eastover Mining Company. The story focuses on the miners and their families' fight for decent living standards in an area where many still live in shacks with no indoor plumbing and work at jobs with little security and dangerous conditions.


Critic Reviews for Harlan County, U.S.A.

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

  • Suffers from some makeshift structural devices and occasional lapses of judgment, but it's an ardent, absorbing work of partisan documentary film-making.

    May 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Kopple's rather terrifying film rocked its minuscule audience and instantly became a cultural touchstone.

    Oct 11, 2005
  • Few documentaries rivet you to your seat; this one does. The guts it took to make are up there on the screen, in the footage shot by director Barbara Kopple and cameraman Hart Perry during the violent encounters.

    Apr 10, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Harlan County attains its main goal-to honor a segment of our society which the rest of America has been willing to write off as underdogs, victims sacrificed to the imperatives of an industrial nation.

    Jan 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Riveting 1976 docu about striking miners has some violence.

    May 31, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the finest documentaries ever made, Barbara Kopple's "Harlan County U.S.A." is a brilliant exposé about the embattled history of coal miners in America as seen through the very personal prism of striking coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky in 19

    Apr 12, 2009 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

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