Harlan County U.S.A. (1976)
Release : 1976-10-15
Genre : Documentary
Runtime : 103 minutes
Company : Cabin Creek Films
Cast : Norman Yarborough, Houston Elmore, Phil Sparks, Bessie Lou Cornett, Lois Scott, Sudie Crusenberry
Language : en
Descriptions Harlan County U.S.A.
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.