Harlan County, U.S.A.
Harlan County, U.S.A. (1977)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: January 23, 1977
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Suffers from some makeshift structural devices and occasional lapses of judgment, but it's an ardent, absorbing work of partisan documentary film-making.

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Cole Smithey

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

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Jake Euker

At its least it's an impassioned indictment of those who would exploit the powerless and at best a call to arms.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Kopple's rather terrifying film rocked its minuscule audience and instantly became a cultural touchstone.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better and more rousing labor strike films that calls attention to class war in America.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

serves as an important historical document and unfortunately remains as relevant today as it was thirty years ago

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Riveting 1976 docu about striking miners has some violence.

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Emanuel Levy

A seminal documentary about the complexity of American unionism, reflecting director Kopple's ideology, one that combines Old Left socialism with American populism

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Coal miners strike against the company that exploits them and the union that doesn't always represent their interests. In 1976 this was a ground-breaking… More
John Ballantine
Considered one of the best documentaries ever made, Harlan County lives us to its reputation. The film makers reveal all the personalities involved in the… More
Conner Rainwater
A very ambitious documentary that was incredibly ahead of its time. The cinematography is unbelievable, it doesn't look like a documentary. You see the… More
Christopher Brown
Great American doc about the coal miners fighting for a union. A snapshot of real life with all the drama of a great fiction.
Lenny Muggsy
Good in your face, really, documentary, pushes you towards sympathy but for the most part annoying, i.e. the music even though it is authentic, just hard to… More