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Harlan County War (2000)

A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.

Director:

Tony Bill

Writer:

Peter Silverman
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... Ruby Kincaid
Stellan Skarsgård ... Warren Jakopovich
Ted Levine ... Silas Kincaid
Wayne Robson ... Tug Jones
Alex House ... Buddy Kincaid
Charlotte Arnold ... Lucinda Kincaid
Ker Wells Ker Wells ... Little Lee
Jennifer Irwin ... Mary Ball
Rufus Crawford ... Bill Worthington
Cliff Saunders ... Lawrence Perkins
Deborah Pollitt Deborah Pollitt ... Ora Perkins
Timothy Burd ... Dillard Ball
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Jerry Selvey
Reginald Doresa Reginald Doresa ... Bronce Breckenridge
Helen Hughes ... Aunt Melva Jones
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A Kentucky woman whose mine-worker husband is nearly killed in a cave-in, and whose father is slowly dying of black lung disease, joins the picket lines for a long, violent strike.

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It's Her Turn To Fight Back.

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Showtime

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harlan County See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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You must be kidding, right?
7 June 2003 | by scoobygirlSee all my reviews

I have spent my entire life in Harlan County, Kentucky. Growing up, working and now raising my own children here. To those of you who believe this movie has anything real to teach you about my home, I can tell you it has only a minimal similarity to reality. It is based on a nearly thirty-year-old Oscar-winning film, Harlan County USA, which for a documentary about the 1970s-era strike at Eastover Mining Company was one of the most complete works of fiction ever created. This admittedly fictionalized version of that original fiction doesn't look like Harlan County, sound like Harlan County, or even remotely evoke Harlan County, which at least the documentary did, even though most of its details were way out of whack. Although stereotypes abound, I can recommend this movie as a competent piece of fiction and a satisfying, though somewhat overwrought, drama. In short, typical made-for-TV fodder. But don't for one minute think it resembles real people or real life in Harlan County, Kentucky in any useful way. That story doesn't exist yet in the minds of producers anywhere. Appalachia and the entertainment industry have yet to understand one another.


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