Harlan County USA

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Released 1976

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Harlan County USA

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Director:
Barbara Kopple
Released:
1976
Rating:
PG
This film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973. Eastovers refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is a great American document, but it's also entertaining. (Review of Original Release)

  • 80

    Variety

    The stars of the film are the men and women of Harlan County, portrayed here not as patronized mountain folks but as human beings. (Review of Original Release)

  • 75

    TV Guide Magazine

    Provides an exquisite representation of the emotion and pride in this microcosm mining community. (Review of Original Release)

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Documentary, Drama

Themes

Profile, Historical