Genre Guesstimation – Matewan (1987)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“You think this man is the enemy? Huh? This is a worker! Any union keeps this man out ain’t a union, it’s a goddam club! They got you fightin’ white against colored, native against foreign, hollow against hollow, when you know there ain’t but two sides in this world – them that work and them that don’t. You work, they don’t. That’s all you get to know about the enemy” – Joe Kenehan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Mar 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a coal town that wanted to start a Union to fight against the company employing them in the early 1920’s.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never even heard of beforehand and found it while doing research for films that have received Oscar nominations that I’ve never seen before.

The story is told in a very powerful way and it stays thrilling and suspenseful throughout especially for those of us who don’t know the history of this event.

They do a wonderful job showing how and why unions needed to be formed and to what lengths the companies would go to in order to try and stop their employees from unionizing.

The cast is superb with Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn, Josh Mostel, Bob Gunton, Gordon Clapp, Joe Grifasi and James Earl Jones all doing wonderful jobs with their roles.

The way that things play out is done really well and the film manages to stay engaging and intriguing from start to finish.

They are able to develop the various characters in order to give the viewer an even deeper impression of what is really going on while also allowing us to care more about the various characters.

This movie was nominated or Best Cinematography, yet didn’t manage to win.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to John Sayles’ official web-site, this picture “has become a staple in the teaching of U.S. Labor History”. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Yep! Great story that plays out really well and manages to tell a very powerful story.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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