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Harlan County, USA

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Harlan County, USA
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In 1973, when the Brookside coal miners voted for the United Mine Workers union, the Duke Power Company refused it. Barbara Kopple documented the struggle between the miners and the company, causing a big uproar.

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Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, 2006.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 104 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Kopple, Barbara
Image Entertainment (Firm)

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Mar 21, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There have been quite a few political/socially engage political documentaries in the past decade, but few have the power and impact of Barbara Kopple's Oscar-winning film about a miner's strike in Kentucky. Michael Moore set an unfortunate precedent by choosing worthy subjects (9/11, gun control, corporations), but making himself the real star. This is a textbook example in how to let a people tell the story themselves with minimal director interference. There is truly some unbelievable footage here, from the crushing poverty the people live in to the violence of the strike breakers, who take a shot at the strikers and the camera crew. It will anger and inspire you, as the best docs should. I was originally inspired to watch this because the show "Justified" is set in Harlan County. This special edition includes a short making of documentary, an interview with John Sayles, an interview with one of the musicians featured on the excellent soundtrack and a Sundance anniversary of the film.

Jul 02, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent documentary about the coal miners' strike in East Kentucy that still resonates 25 years later. Unfortunately, since then we have seen such a decline in the unionized work force.

Jun 13, 2012
  • eve373 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved the opening scenes showing the mine workers laying down on a conveyor belt, with their lunch pails between their legs, entering the mines.
I took in every scene with a new awareness of what goes on in mining towns.

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