Nothin’ finer than to be a coal miner.
Well, if you’re OK with black lung, long hours in the dark, and the constant threat of death and harassment by strike breakers.
One beautifully-shot film (thanks to legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler) it captures 1920’s West Virginia in all its grimy glory.
Writer/director John Sayles makes magic, aided by a powerhouse cast led by future Oscar winner Chris Cooper in his film debut.
I briefly had a high school drama teacher who had a non-speaking role in this film, something he brought up every two seconds.
He was insufferable.
The film, impeccable.