Harlan County War

Harlan County War

Holly Hunter
Director: Tony Bill Cast: Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
, Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skarsgård
, Ted Levine
Ted Levine
Tony Bill


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The true story of one of the most contentious labor disputes of the 1970s is the basis for this made-for-cable drama. In 1973, many of the men of Harlan County, Kentucky, were employed by Brookside Mining, who operated a number of coal mines. Brookside paid its employees meager wages for dangerous, backbreaking work, and also controlled housing and retail sales in the area, boarding its workers in shacks without central heating or indoor plumbing, and selling them food and clothing at inflated prices. Warren Jakopovich (Stellan Skarsgard), an organizer for the United Mine Workers Association, encouraged Brookside's workers to join the union and go on strike for fair wages and better working conditions. Many of the miners simply couldn't afford the loss of income that a strike would mean, but when two workers died as a result of Brookside's willful ignorance of safety standards, most of Harlan County's mine workers finally went on strike. A judge formerly employed by Brookside handed down an order forbidding the workers to picket the mine sites, but Ruby Kincaid (Holly Hunter), whose husband Silas (Ted Levine) was fired for protesting dangerous conditions and whose father was attacked by scab laborers, organized the wives of striking miners to picket in their place. The Harlan County War was based on the same strike portrayed in the Academy Award-winning documentary Harlan County, USA.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2001
UPC: 0758445104028
Original Release: 2000
Rating: NR
Source: Showtime Ent.
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:44:00

Special Features

Interviews with Holly Hunter, Stellan Skarsgard, and Tony Bill [director]; Biographies of Holly Hunter and Stellan Skarsgard; Background information on the origins and achievements of the United Mine Workers of America [UMWA] Union; Scene selection; Weblink; Spanish-language track

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Holly Hunter Ruby Kincaid
Stellan Skarsgård Warren Jakopovich
Ted Levine Silas Kincaid
Wayne Robson Tug Jones
Jennifer Irwin Actor
Cliff Saunders Actor
Deborah Pollit Actor
Tim Burd Actor
Tom Harvey Actor
Helen Hughes Actor
Kirsten Kieferle Actor
Ingrid Veninger Actor
Doug Lennox Actor
Bruce McFee Actor
Jim Bearden Actor
Lynne Griffin Actor
John Jarvis Actor
Bernard Kay Actor
Peter Spence Actor
Roger Dunn Actor

Technical Credits
Tony Bill Director
Chris Ciaffa Executive Producer
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Jeffrey S. Ginn Production Designer
Stephanie Gorin Casting
Axel Hubert Editor
Flavio M. LaBiano Cinematographer
David Madden Executive Producer
Resa McConaghy Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Mimi Rogers Executive Producer
Keri Selig Co-producer
Peter Silverman Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. A Minor's Wife [10:33]
2. Black Lung [7:20]
3. Rabble Rouser [7:43]
4. The Work Stops [10:00]
5. That's My Daddy [9:00]
6. A Whole New Deal [9:06]
7. No Son of Mine [8:39]
8. The Old Times [9:07]
9. Trip to New York [10:50]
10. Lawless Behavior [9:28]
11. Final Stand [9:24]
12. Credits [3:00]

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