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Harlan County USA (Criterion Collection)

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This film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973. Eastovers refusal to sign a contract (when the miners joined with the United Mine Workers of America) led to the strike, which lasted more than a year and included violent battles between gun-toting company thugs/scabs and the picketing miners and their supportive women-folk. Director Barbara Kopple puts the strike into perspective by giving us some background on the historical plight of the miners and some history of the UMWA.DVD Features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director-producer Barbara Kopple Audio commentary by Kopple and editor Nancy Baker "The Making of Harlan County, USA," a new documentary featuring interviews with Kopple, crew members and strike participants featured in the film New video interview with legendary bluegrass singer-songwriter Hazel Dickens Never-before-seen outtakes from the film New video interview with director John Sayles A panel discussion from 2005 Sundance featuring Kopple and Roger Ebert New essays by film scholar Paul Arthur and music journalist Jon Weisberger Original theatrical trailer System Requirements:Running Time 103 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE

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Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 202414133
UPC 037429208328
UPC 14 00037429208328
Format DVD
Release Date 5/23/2006
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Actors
Name Kopple,Barbara
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Cast & Crew
Barbara Kopple - Director
Barbara Kopple - Producer
Hart Perry - Cinematographer
Lora Hays - Editor
Mary Lampson - Editor
Merle Travis - Original Music By
Mirra Bank - Editor
Nancy Baker - Editor
Phil Parmet - Cinematographer
Awards
Oscar (1977) Barbara Kopple, Winner, Best Documentary, Features
Reviews
ReviewSource Epinions.com
Review Kopple identifies most strongly with the miners' wives, who assume the same duties as the men on the picket line. The daily confrontations between the 'scab' strike-breakers and the striking workers, who attempt to block the road, provide much drama. The film raises ethical issues of law enforcement. Should the sheriff look the other way when one side or the other has broken the law? The sheriff depends on the mining families for votes, but takes orders from superiors who favor the company.Perhaps the best part of Harlan County, U.S.A. is the score. The soundtrack contains several of Hazel Dickens' pro-Union anthems, which have a working class fury deserving of Woody Guthrie's legacy.
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Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The film retains all of its power, in the story of a miners' strike in Kentucky where the company employed armed goons to escort scabs into the mines, and the most effective picketers were the miners' wives -- articulate, indominable, courageous.Kopple and Perry spent 18 months in Harlan County, filming what happened as it happened. Her editor, Nancy Baker, who was also onstage, took hundreds of hours of footage and brought it together with power and clarity. I asked Kopple what she thought about other styles of documentaries, like Michael Moore's first-person adventures, or the Oscar-nominated "Story of the Weeping Camel," which is scripted and has people who portray themselves, but is not a direct record of their daily lives.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
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Product Attributes
Actor Kopple,Barbara
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader ...dramatic, involving story, full of tough and appealing characters.
Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice A cultural touchstone!
TV Guide ...exquisite representation of the emotion and pride in this microcosm mining community.

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