Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The organization is headed by a "board of directors", a group of senior traders, managers, and guards which together decide the best course of action for the Traders to take in any situation. Families will come together to eat and socialize. Although the Battle of Matewan was a victory for the cause of coal miners and unionists everywhere, it was a bittersweet one, as it was around this time that coal power was beginning to decline in favor of electricity. When I first saw MATEWAN (written and directed by John Sayles) on cable tv (1987 or 88) I was mesmerized instantly by the "the look" of the movie (cinematography by Haskell Wexler). The Traders see the value in enlisting the aid of these people, and they have promised them great rewards in return for their aid in designer a post-war rail system. The sale of coal has such import in Matewan's economy that the town's principal currency is based off of it: citizens of Matewan use "coal-dollars" to trade. Because of the high potential for crops to fail due to exposure, poor weather, and other causes, Caintucks are much more dependent on each other. Although the word evolved into a slur, the Caintucks saw the term as a sign of their tribal solidarity and adopted it for themselves. View production, box office, & company info. Matewan has become an economic power in the Appalachian area, both as the primary exporter of coal and as a prime location for trade and commerce in the region.
Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Griggs is brought down, while Hickey escapes to Elma Radnor's boarding house, where he is shot and killed by Elma Radnor. In 2132, Straw led a small contingent of men into the mountains surrounding Matewan and struck for coal. This wonderful restoration brings the movie to the home screen with all of its original impact. Matewan's economy hinges primarily on the mining and sale of the coal from the mountains. The soundtrack was released on LP by Columbia. The practice of dueling is practiced in Matewan, where the offended parties and their chosen seconds agree on the time, place, and nature of the duel before beginning their fights. It has a whole separate disk of extras also. I first became aware of Chris Cooper in this movie.
A recent string of guerrilla raids on mining company property may prove that the miners are no longer willing to let the company push them around. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Filmed partly in the New River Gorge in West Virginia, some fantastic scenery. The town sank into a slump, causing residents to fall below the poverty line. Hatfield shoots two men and survives the battle, but Kenehan is killed and the mayor is shot in the stomach. Originally a regional term for the state of Kentucky, "Caintuck" became popular as a term for a citizen of Matewan who lived across the Tug Fork River, in Kentucky, rather than in West Virginia.
Learn more about the program. Like Matewan's citizens, they are not fond of asking for help, but they have less qualms about it than Matewan's citizens. s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned), Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, David Strathairn, Amir Jacob Malin, Ira Deutchman, James Glenn Dudelson, Jerry Silva, Maggie Renzi, Previous page of related Sponsored Products, Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2017. Synopsis. Matewan quite accurately shows all the different types of characters and groups that played in such conflicts during the late 19th century to early 20th. Looking for movie tickets? Later, while Danny and his friend Hillard Elkins, are stealing coal from the mine, they are confronted by the detectives. You will want to see this movie many times.
However, with the promotion of Jonah Church to the position of Mayor, this has subsided due to his temperament and approach towards what he sees as his duty. Matewan (/ˈmeɪtwɒn/) is a 1987 American drama film written and directed by John Sayles, and starring Chris Cooper (in his film debut), James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell and Will Oldham, with David Strathairn, Kevin Tighe and Gordon Clapp in supporting roles. However, despite the settlement's new wealth and growth, the tensions between the miners and traders were still present, and they grew increasingly quickly when hidden from outsiders' eyes. Although originally founded as a coal-mining town, Matewan soon grew outdated following the advent of nuclear power. The final straw came when the Matewan Mining Company began to use its own caravans and barges to undercut the Tug Fork Traders. Although originally founded as a coal-mining town, Matewan soon grew outdated following the advent of nuclear power. Matewan began to experience growth, as the town's new, more forward-thinking community was able to better provide for each other and build a sense of trust.
Services usually last several hours and consist of sermonizing, both by the deacon and by "inspired" members of the community, the singing of traditional hymns, either penned far before the war or adaptations of folk songs, and the consumption of "blessed" food and drink, which confers an ill-defined spiritual blessing upon those who partake in it.
It also features James Earl Jones, aka Darth Vader.Anyway, the film is very honest, subtle and exquisite.
Shortly after the establishment of the Matewan Law Offices, two events occurred which would have far-reaching consequences on Matewan's history. Matewan's residents were fearful, but they were also finally free of the coal mines, of the oppressive feeling of tons of rock squeezing around them, of the constant fear getting lost or trapped in a cave in, of the constant darkness closing about them, just outside of the reach of their lanterns.
Although the Law Offices try to appear as part of an organized system of crime and punishment, this is mostly a facade. I watch this film every few years to see the best film Sayles has out there. The hard-drinking, hard-fighting men of the Hatfields and McCoys continued to fight each other in the streets. When the people of Matewan emerged from the mines, they noticed that the secretive tribal group across the river who made a living farming on the hillsides were "Caintucks". What a shame that such an important, beautiful film was such a disappointment from a technical standpoint, thus just 2 stars. Such conflicts erupted due to the different (actually, the opposite) interests of the corporate capitalists and the lower classes. Besides the Mining Company, the Traders also have a rivalry with the Hill Farmer's Union. Until the End of the World (The Criterion Collection), The Great Escape (The Criterion Collection), Thinking In Pictures: The Making Of The Movie Matewan, The War of the Worlds (The Criterion Collection), The Elephant Man (The Criterion Collection). The trade in weaponry is also thriving in Matewan due to a cultural obsession with personal firearms and the presence of gunsmiths in the town, who manufacture crude scrapper firearms for sale. Matewan is a largely independent society, as its citizens are free to live their lives any way they want. まず初めにＤＶＤの表記の件について。この作品の商品説明でリージョンコードは２になっていますが、リージョンコード１が正解。よって国内市販のＤＶＤ再生機では再生できません。ＡＭＡＺＯＮさん、早く訂正してください。当方もリージョン２はありえないだろうと思いつつ購入しましたが、やはり市販機では再生不能でした。もっともリージョンフリーの再生機を所有しているので、それで再生するつもりです。購入予定の方は注意してください。とりあえず今回はその指摘のみ。作品に関しては鑑賞後にあらためて投稿の予定です。. Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. However, the Tug Fork Traders made one assumption that would prove to be their undoing: they assumed that the hill farmers would be as easily led as the regular citizens of Matewan. The scenes in the coal mine and outside after dark are just about invisible.
If all things were perfect, Matewan would be a largely self-governing society, with only the barest trappings of a ruling authority present to deal with quarrels that may arise.