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.

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