Matewan Solarmovie

Matewan (1987)


Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power represented by a coal company and Matewan's vested interests so that justice and workers' rights need not take a back seat to squalid working conditions, exploitation and the bottom line.

Matewan Solarmovie
Solarmovie Score: 7.2/10 from 41 votes
Release Date: 1987-08-28
Status: Released
Run time: 132 min / 2:12
Production Country: United States of America


Chris Cooper
as Joe Kenehan
James Earl Jones
as 'Few Clothes' Johnson
Mary McDonnell
as Elma Radnor
Will Oldham
as Danny Radnor
David Strathairn
as Police Chief Sid Hatfield
Ken Jenkins
as Sephus Purcell
Gordon Clapp
as Griggs
Kevin Tighe
as Hickey
John Sayles
as Hardshell Preacher
Bob Gunton
as C.E. Lively
Josh Mostel
as Mayor Cabell Testerman
Tom Wright
as Tom
Maggie Renzi
as Rosaria


Directing John Sayles Director
Writing John Sayles Screenplay
Camera Haskell Wexler Director of Photography
Sound Skip Lievsay Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Mason Daring Original Music Composer
Production Peggy Rajski Producer
Production Maggie Renzi Producer
Editing Sonya Polonsky Editor
Art Nora Chavooshian Production Design
Art Dan Bishop Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Cynthia Flynt Costume Designer