Harlan County War



IMDb Rating 6.5 10 504


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October 10, 2021



Joanne Boland as Dewey's Girlfriend
Leslie Carlson as Udell
Lynne Griffin as Mrs. Yarborough
Wayne Robson as Tug Jones
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962.22 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
104 min
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1.74 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
104 min
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Reviewed by rmax304823 4 / 10 / 10

Not the Best Example.

I'll keep this short. Martin Ritt's "Norma Rae" was a more original, less stereotyped study of exploited Appalachian workers and their tribulations, and so was Barbara Koppel's documentary of this confrontation between union organizers and the evil company they labor for. The acting isn't bad. Holly Hunter is good, as she usually is, and Stellan Skarsgard is fine as always. He's a remarkably relaxed performer, whether the role calls for villainy ("Ronin") or sympathetic understanding, as in "Good Will Hunting". Hunter's Southern accent may sound overdrawn to some, but thirty-five years ago I imagine it fit the template well enough. It's the story that sags. There are good people and evil people and none of them are particularly complex. That's more or less how Koppel's documentary rolled along too, but it's nevertheless not how life on the ground is structured. The conventions followed here are those of a soap opera, except that instead of a deceitful and vicious husband, we have a nefarious corporation. It doesn't matter that the film was shot in Canada. That has little to do with its quality. I only wish the script had given the audience a bit more to chew on, just a little food for thought, a ham hock or two, rather than Pablum.

Reviewed by =G= 9 / 10 / 10

An old story and a superb performance by Holly Hunter

Big management grinds poor workers with boot heel followed by rebellion and unionization. There's nothing new in Showtime's telling of this old story about hollow dwelling coal miners in Harlan County, KY. Nonetheless, Hunter bails out this well made but potentially monotonous film with her powerful performance as a spunky and dauntless coal miner's wife. A must see for Hunter fans.

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 9 / 10 / 10


Harlan County War is a rare little TV movie that takes a partly fictional look at the union wars in rural Kentucky during the 1970's, when a plucky band of coal miners and their wives took to the picket line in attempt to establish better working and living conditions. The story and title of the film have roots in the union wars of the 1930's, which set the stage for this tale. Holly Hunter plays Ruby Kincaid, wife of Silas (Ted Levine) a miner who suffers through the harsh labor everyday. The townspeople are tired of the injuries, the deaths and the deadly black lung infections, and are given reluctant hope when compassionate union official Warren Jakopovich (Stellen Skarsgard) arrives to their county, promising change. Many locals are skeptical due to past corruption and disloyalty, but soon the company gets nasty and they realize that Jakopovich may be their only chance. Hunter is as fired up as she always is, her accent thicker than the moonshine everyone swills. I tracked this film down for Levine (Skarsgard too), and this is one of the best roles he's ever gotten. He's usually in character parts like the violent thug, stern general, gruff cowboy or yes, the skin stealing serial killer. Here he's just a plain rural family man, a good hearted fellow who wants the best for his kin and county. Levine works wonders playing it straight here and I wish he'd get thrown more meaty and down to earth roles like this. Skarsgard can jump between being the most terrifying psychopath to the most comforting, sympathetic characters, and plays Jakopovich with compassion and dogged determination. The character building scenes between the three actors is brilliant. I feel like there's a longer edit out there somewhere, because it jumps a bit and forgets to address one plot turn entirely, but alas it's a tough one to affordably track down and this is the only version I could get. It's made for TV and that shows at the seams sometimes, but it's still solid drama about something important, and crafted very well.

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