Matewan: A Luta Final (1987)



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This is the story of a 1920 coal-mine strike.
PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
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Cinecom Pictures


John Sayles
as Hardshell Preacher
James Earl Jones
as Few Clothes
Will Oldham
as Danny
Kevin Tighe
as Hickey
Jace Alexander
as Hillard Elkins
Ken Jenkins
as Sephus Purcell
Bob Gunton
as C.E. Lively
Gordon Clapp
as Griggs
James Kizer
as Tolbert
Jo Henderson
as Mrs. Elkins
Nancy Mette
as Bridey Mae
Joe Grifasi
as Fausto
David Strathairn
as Sid Hatfield
Ida Williams
as Mrs. Knightes
Maggie Renzi
as Rosaria
Josh Mostel
as Mayor Cabell Testerman
Frank Payne Jr.
as Old MIner
Stephen C. Hall
as Redneck Miner
Neale Clark
as Issac
Fred Decker
as James
Michael Frasher
as Lee Felts
Jenni Cline
as Luann
Delmas Lawhorn
as Conductor
Hazel Dickens
as MT Singer
Thomas Poore
as Injured Black Man
Hazel Pearl
as Missus
Thomas Hal Phillips
as Boxcar Guard
Mitch Scott
as Mister
Percy Fruit
as Black Miner
Gerald Milnes
as Fiddler
William Dean
as Broker
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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

In the rich umbers of Haskell Wexler's cinematography, Matewan does look great.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Chicago Reader
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In its grave clarity, it's as pure and plaintive as a mountain ballad.

March 22, 2013
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

When this movie stumbles, it stumbles honestly and sympathetically, but, when it succeeds, it makes history sing.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The movie works the way Westerns have always worked: In clear, simple terms and with straightforward dramatic devices.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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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.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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.

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

A modern classic.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

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