Salt of the Earth
Salt of the Earth (1954)

Though it cannot help but lapse into dogma and didactics at times, Salt of the Earth is a powerful, persuasive labor-management drama. With the exception of five actors (including future Waltons star Will Geer), the cast is comprised of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 14, 1954
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Variety Staff

Salt of the Earth is a good, highly dramatic and emotion-charged piece of work that tells its story straight. It is, however, a propaganda picture which belongs in union halls rather than theatres.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the most daring "social problem" works in American film history, this movie, created by blacklisted artists, also shows the limitations of making a working-class film within the context of American culture.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

This remains a fascinating and powerful movie as well as a significant piece of celluloid history.

Time Out

This is pretty amazing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kudos are in order for this extraordinary film for all it has to say that rings true about workers' rights, racism, and feminism.

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An extraordinary film, made under extraordinary conditions and based on real events.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The hard-focus, realistic quality of the picture's photography and style completes its characterization as a calculated social document.

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Doug Cummings

More than a typical Miramax/Tarantino extravaganza, it's films like this that establish the historical precedent and importance of truly independent American filmmaking.

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Moira Sullivan

Unavoidable classic on a 1950 mine strike, made by McCarthy era blacklisted filmmakers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"If I can't dance, I don't want to be in your revolution" - Emma Goldman In "Salt of the Earth," Esperanza(Rosaura Revueltas),… More
Patrick Dolan
It's worth watching simple for the history behind the making of this film. I really dug Rosaura Revueltas, too.