Harlan County, U.S.A.
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Director Barbara Kopple's look at a 13-month coal miners' strike that took place between 1973 and 1974 in Harlan County, KY, is one of the great films about labor troubles, though not for a sense of objectivity. Kopple lived among the miners and their families off and on during the four years the entire story played out, and it's clear in every frame of the film that her sympathies lie with the miners and not their bosses at Eastover Mining, owned by Duke Power Company. Kopple's camera focuses on the desperate plight of people still living in shacks with no indoor plumbing and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"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"serves as an important historical document and unfortunately remains as relevant today as it was thirty years ago"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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