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      Harlan County War

      TV-14 2000 1 hr. 43 min. Drama List
      Reviews 48% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Nearly everyone in Harlan County, Ky., works in the coal mines for Brookside Mining. Wages are poor and safety conditions are even worse, and, when union organizer Warren Jacopovich (Stellan Skarsgard) shows up, he's gradually able to convince the miners to strike. Among them is Silas Kincaid (Ted Levine), whose wife, Ruby Kincaid (Holly Hunter), becomes a key player during the strike. She becomes a member of the organizing committee and regularly joins the picket lines herself. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member Harlan County War. Excellent Holly Hunter movie - Ted Levine plays a much nicer character than Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member In no way comparable with the documentary but worth a look for Holly Hunter. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Holly Hunter's exceptional performances lifts this mediocre film above average. She is perfectly cast and couldn't imagine a better choice. It's a familiar tale, has that cheap made for cable look to it. Still, generally well done and watchable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member My all time favorite movie, Holly Hunter is an amazing actress, and you actually get a history lesson while enjoying the movie! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Unions like they should be, society like it should care. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review walter m [font=Century Gothic]"Harlan County War" takes place in 1973 in eastern Kentucky where Ruby(Holly Hunter) and Silas Kincaid(Ted Levine), a coal miner, have been married for almost ten years with two children. Coal mining at this point is a hazardous and low paying operation, and they occasionally talk about moving to Detroit where Silas could work in an auto factory. To add to their worries, Ruby's father(Wayne Robson) is suffering from black lung. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]With the utility raking in profits of about $90 million annually, the miners want to organize in order to negotiate a contract with the company to improve wages and working conditions but the owners refuse. When that happens, the miners affiliated with the United Mine Workers of America, represented by Warren Jakopovich(Stellan Skarsgard), vote to strike by a vast majority.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Inspired by real events, "Harlan County War" is a solid drama that takes a personal approach by focusing on the travails of one family. Authentic performances and a good eye for detail help matters. It should be remembered that strikes are not tea parties and this film acts as a valuable reminder why unions are so absolutely necessary.[/font] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      John Leonard New York Magazine/Vulture Harlan County War... is that oddest of enterprises, a pretty good docudrama prompted by a superb documentary. Feb 6, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Nearly everyone in Harlan County, Ky., works in the coal mines for Brookside Mining. Wages are poor and safety conditions are even worse, and, when union organizer Warren Jacopovich (Stellan Skarsgard) shows up, he's gradually able to convince the miners to strike. Among them is Silas Kincaid (Ted Levine), whose wife, Ruby Kincaid (Holly Hunter), becomes a key player during the strike. She becomes a member of the organizing committee and regularly joins the picket lines herself.
      Director
      Tony Bill
      Executive Producer
      Robert W. Cort, David Madden, Mimi Rogers, Chris Ciaffa
      Screenwriter
      Peter Silverman
      Production Co
      Cort/Madden Productions, Millbrook Farm Productions
      Rating
      TV-14 (V|L|S)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 25, 2021
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