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review by . February 01, 2009
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PIE IN THE SKY WHEN YOU DIE--John Sayles' film about the West Virginia coalfield wars
      MATEWAN is set in a small West Virginia coal mining town of the same name where in May of 1920 an armed conflict between striking miners and thugs sent in by the Baldwin-Felts organization to break the union resulted in what known as the Coalfield Wars, the biggest insurrection in America outside the Civil War. On the union's side were both the town's mayor, Cabal Testerman (who was shot and killed in the battle even though he was unarmed) and the sheriff, Sid Hatfield, …
review by . January 02, 2001
Pros: A wonderful production     Cons: none....well, the singing is a little tough     Be sure to catch the comments on this review, as there is an update on some information I was given incorrectly about this town. My thanks to bkiser for bringing this to my attention. As this is a true story, I would like as much as possible to be factual.      This story of the mining town of Matewan, West Virginia, in the 1920's was presented to me …
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