Harlan County, U.S.A.
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This film chronicles the bitter and violent struggle waged by coal miners during a strike in 1973 in Eastern Kentucky against the Eastover Mining Company. The story focuses on the miners and their families' fight for decent living standards in an area where many still live in shacks with no indoor plumbing and work at jobs with little security and dangerous conditions.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kopple's rather terrifying film rocked its minuscule audience and instantly became a cultural touchstone."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"One of the better and more rousing labor strike films that calls attention to class war in America."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"serves as an important historical document and unfortunately remains as relevant today as it was thirty years ago"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Riveting 1976 docu about striking miners has some violence."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"A seminal documentary about the complexity of American unionism, reflecting director Kopple's ideology, one that combines Old Left socialism with American populism"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the finest documentaries ever made, Barbara Kopple's "Harlan County U.S.A." is a brilliant exposť about the embattled history of coal miners in America as seen through the very personal prism of striking coal miners in Harlan County, Kentucky in 19"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"At its least it's an impassioned indictment of those who would exploit the powerless and at best a call to arms."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
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