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Harlan County U.S.A. ()

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  • IMDB Rating: 8.3
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  • Release: 1977-09-28
  • Director: Barbara Kopple
  • Writers: N/A
  • Language: English
  • Stars: Norman Yarborough , Houston Elmore , Phil Sparks , John Corcoran
  • Runtime: 103 min
  • Awards: Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins.
  • Plot: 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.
  • IMDB:tt0074605
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