Matewan: A Luta Final (1987)
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In the rich umbers of Haskell Wexler's cinematography, Matewan does look great.
If Sayles's bite were as lethal as his bark, he might have given this a harder edge and a stronger conclusion. But the performances are uniformly fine.
In its grave clarity, it's as pure and plaintive as a mountain ballad.
Sayles must have meant his movie to stir and provoke, but the self-contained look of it yields something else -- a sense of quaintness, of harmless nostalgia.
When this movie stumbles, it stumbles honestly and sympathetically, but, when it succeeds, it makes history sing.
Audience Reviews for Matewan: A Luta Final
An amazingly authentic film with great performances, photography and production design. Sayles work here is stellar, can't wait to read the book.
Caught this on late night cable. Fantastic film on all levels. It looks great and has some amazing performances. It is everything that I love about John Sayles. It seems like every movie he makes is a social studies project (not that it's always a good thing) and you always learn about something from his films. I didn't know anything about this event and it made it more riveting. Bob Gunton, Chris Cooper (in his film debut), and James Earl Jones are brilliant.
A modern classic.
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