Harlan County War


1h 43m 2000

Brief Synopsis

A courageous coal miner's wife overcomes politics, poverty and violence in spearheading a bloody year-long labor strike. This fictional story, set against the historical background of the 1970s Harlan County coal strike, centers around Ruby Kincaid, who despite concern by her husband Silas, forms a

Film Details

Release Date
2000
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

Synopsis

A courageous coal miner's wife overcomes politics, poverty and violence in spearheading a bloody year-long labor strike. This fictional story, set against the historical background of the 1970s Harlan County coal strike, centers around Ruby Kincaid, who despite concern by her husband Silas, forms a picket line with other wives to bolster efforts to close the mine and force labor contract negotiations. Assisted by union organizer Warren Jakopovich, Ruby confronts corrupt political influences in refusing to surrender in the tense, increasingly dangerous battle of wills.

A biased judge forbids the strikers from obstructing the mine entrance or having more than three picketers on the line. Arrested on the picket line with their children in tow, Ruby and the other women strikers are jailed, an incident Jakopovich utilizes to attract media attention. The strike enters its fifth month and picketers begin to dwindle in the cold of winter. With the situation growing desperate, Ruby and Jakopovich begin a grassroots effort to recruit the support of retired miners in the surrounding hill country. Tensions soon erupt into violence. With the outcome of the strike hanging in the balance, a shocking incident brings national attention to the miners' crusade leading to a bittersweet victory for them and their families.

Crew

Dan Abboud

Camera Trainee

Nick Alachiotis

Stunts

Kevin Allan

Office Assistant

Carrie Angland

Makeup Artist

David Aulicino

Casting Associate

Matt Badger

On-Set Dresser

David Bailey

Post-Production Supervisor

Vincent Borg

Electrician

Gary Bourgeois

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Darren Boyce

Key Grip

Anna Boynton

Assistant Editor

Colin Brunton

Production Manager

Phil Calambakas

Dolly Grip

John Carr

Driver

Matt Cartonis

Song Performer

Don Chan

Driver

Chris Ciaffa

Executive Producer

Robert Cort

Executive Producer

John Coupland

Driver

Peter Cox

Stunts

Catherine Currie

Other

Anna Dal Farra

Assistant

Mike Davies

Art Department Coordinator

Terri Dehaan

Assistant Costume Designer

Bob Deshaine

Adr Mixer

Jim Desroches

Other

David Divenanzo

Driver

Dwight Doerksen

Other

Dwight Doerksen

Construction

Darren Doyle

Assistant Director

Rick Dubeau

Grip

Donna Dupere-taylor

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Sarah Fairbairn

Makeup Assistant

Tom Farr

Stunts

Jimmy Scungelli Fitzpatrick

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Michael Forrester

Lighting Technician

Michael Genereux

Props Assistant

Shane Gillan

Lighting

Jeffrey Ginn

Production Designer

Jill Girling

Assistant Director

Stephanie Gorin

Casting

Vlad Gregorian

Grip

Jamie Hodson

Generator Operator

Ben Mark Holzberg

Photography

Garry Honcharuk

Property Master

Axel Hubert

Editor

Barbara Issak

Dialogue Editor

Yasmeen Jalali

Makeup Artist

Jeremy Jemec

Electrician

Brock Jolliffe

Special Effects Supervisor

Trevor Jolly

Editor

Jamie Jones

Stunts

Winnifred Jong

Script Supervisor

Ross Kerr

Electrician

Jennifer Kiefaber

Assistant Director

Dennis Kim

Assistant Camera Operator

Stacey Knocker

Other

Flavio M Labiano

Director Of Photography

Phil Lanthier

Dolly Grip

Roger Laprairie

Color

Erika Larner

Wardrobe Supervisor

Miriam Laurence

Dialect Coach

Phil Leach

On-Set Dresser

Paul Leblanc

Hair

Paul Lenart

Lead Set Dresser

Aaron Levy

Other

Billy Linders

Stunts

Neil Lum Lock

Location Manager

Brandon Long

Assistant Location Manager

Ao Loo

Sound Mixer

Diane Lucas

Adr

Neil Lumlock

Location Manager

Stephen Lynch

Makeup Artist

Jocelyn Macdonald

Hair Stylist

David Madden

Executive Producer

Mike Marchain

Effects Assistant

Jim Mauro

Production Assistant

Jerome Mccann

Transportation Coordinator

Resa Mcconaghy

Costume Designer

Renay Mcgowan

Post-Production Coordinator

Sarah Mcintosh

Assistant Production Accountant

Kent Mcintyre

Set Decorator

Dwayne Mclean

Stunts

David Melhase

Sound Editor

Maureen Mestan

Hair Stylist

Jessica Meyer

Stunts

Mike Milliken

Color Timer

Brian Thomas Mist

Editor

Rick Mitchell

Driver

Regan Moore

Stunts

Patricia Nedd

Foley Artist

Myron Nettinga

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Vince Nicastro

Foley Artist

David Niven

Assistant Camera Operator

Michael O'hara

Driver

Ralph Osborn

Sound Editor

Nancy Parker

Foley Artist

Richard Parker

Stunts

Van Dyke Parks

Music

Brad Payton

Production Assistant

Bryan Pennington

Consultant

Susan Pilcher

Music Coordinator

Geoff Pope

Grip

Ed Queffelec

Stunts

Cindy Rabideau

Sound Editor

Robert Racki

Stunts

Chris Reeves

Dialogue Editor

Allison Reid

Stunt Coordinator

Bryan Renfro

Stunts

Robert C Rodriguez

Post-Production

Mimi Rogers

Executive Producer

Heather Ross

Production Coordinator

Brian Ruberg

Foley Mixer

Paul Rutledge

Stunts

Moshe Saadon

Boom Operator

Helen Scott

Stunts

Warren Scott

Stunts

Carl Sealove

Music Editor

Keri Selig

Coproducer

B E Sharp

Production Accountant

Evan Siegel

Transportation

Evan Siegel

Other

Peter Silverman

Screenplay

Brendan Smith

Art Director

Hassan Smith

Post-Production Assistant

Jennifer Smithee

Song Performer

Michael Spicer

Camera Operator

Greg Steele

Adr Mixer

Mary Ann Stevens

Stunts

Sheelagh Stewart

Production

James Tamblyn

Video Playback

Richard Taylor

Sound Editor

William Thrasher

On-Set Dresser

Patrick Tidy

Assistant Director

Chad Tomasoski

Post-Production Supervisor

Hanna Tower

Assistant Production Coordinator

Tami Treadwell

Adr

Paul Van Der Linden

Camera Operator

Dave Van Zeyl

Stunts

Jon Vanseader

Camera

Andres Vosu

Transportation Captain

David Watts

Electrician

Scott Wolf

Editor

Steve Young

Song Performer

Film Details

Release Date
2000
Location
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States June 4, 2000

Released in United States on Video August 7, 2001

Began shooting August 30, 1999.

Completed shooting October 5, 1999.