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Movie Info

Nearly everyone in Harlan County, Ky., works in the coal mines for Brookside Mining. Wages are poor and safety conditions are even worse, and, when union organizer Warren Jacopovich (Stellan Skarsgard) shows up, he's gradually able to convince the miners to strike. Among them is Silas Kincaid (Ted Levine), whose wife, Ruby Kincaid (Holly Hunter), becomes a key player during the strike. She becomes a member of the organizing committee and regularly joins the picket lines herself.

Cast & Crew

Holly Hunter
Ruby Kincaid
Ted Levine
Silas Kincaid
Stellan Skarsgard
Warren Jakopovich
Tom Barnett
Floyd Jones
Alex House
Buddy Kincaid
Charlotte Arnold
Lucinda Kincaid
Ker Wells
Little Lee
Rufus Crawford
Bill Worthington
Tony Bill
Director
Robert W. Cort
Executive Producer
David Madden
Executive Producer
Mimi Rogers
Executive Producer
Chris Ciaffa
Executive Producer
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Audience Reviews for Harlan County War

  • Dec 13, 2006
    [font=Century Gothic]"Harlan County War" takes place in 1973 in eastern Kentucky where Ruby(Holly Hunter) and Silas Kincaid(Ted Levine), a coal miner, have been married for almost ten years with two children. Coal mining at this point is a hazardous and low paying operation, and they occasionally talk about moving to Detroit where Silas could work in an auto factory. To add to their worries, Ruby's father(Wayne Robson) is suffering from black lung. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]With the utility raking in profits of about $90 million annually, the miners want to organize in order to negotiate a contract with the company to improve wages and working conditions but the owners refuse. When that happens, the miners affiliated with the United Mine Workers of America, represented by Warren Jakopovich(Stellan Skarsgard), vote to strike by a vast majority.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Inspired by real events, "Harlan County War" is a solid drama that takes a personal approach by focusing on the travails of one family. Authentic performances and a good eye for detail help matters. It should be remembered that strikes are not tea parties and this film acts as a valuable reminder why unions are so absolutely necessary.[/font]
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