Matewan 35 years old

It takes more than guns to kill a man.


Filmed in the coal country of West Virginia, "Matewan" celebrates labor organizing in the context of a 1920s work stoppage. Union organizer, Joe Kenehan, a scab named "Few Clothes" Johnson and a sympathetic mayor and police chief heroically fight the power represented by a coal company and Matewan's vested interests so that justice and workers' rights need not take a back seat to squalid working conditions, exploitation and the bottom line.


Matewan Cast

Name Character
Chris Cooper He was 36, now 71 years old as Joe Kenehan
David Strathairn He was 38, now 74 years old as Police Chief Sid Hatfield
James Earl Jones He was 56, now 92 years old as 'Few Clothes' Johnson
Mary McDonnell She was 35, now 70 years old as Elma Radnor
Bob Gunton He was 41, now 77 years old as C.E. Lively
John Sayles He was 36, now 72 years old as Hardshell Preacher
Kevin Tighe He was 43, now 78 years old as Hickey
Ken Jenkins He was 47, now 82 years old as Sephus Purcell
Gordon Clapp He was 38, now 74 years old as Griggs
Tom Wright He was 34, 49 years old when he died as Tom
Will Oldham He was 16, now 52 years old as Danny Radnor
Josh Mostel He was 40, now 76 years old as Mayor Cabell Testerman
Maggie Renzi She was 36, now 72 years old as Rosaria

Matewan Crew

Name Department
Mason Daring as Original Music Composer. He was 37 (now 73) years old Sound
Cynthia Flynt as Costume Designer. Costume & Make-Up
John Sayles as Director. He was 36 (now 72) years old Directing
John Sayles as Screenplay. He was 36 (now 72) years old Writing
Skip Lievsay as Supervising Sound Editor. He was 12 (now 23) years old Sound
Peggy Rajski as Producer. Production
Dan Bishop as Art Direction. He was 23 (now 58) years old Art
Matewan poster
Matewan (35 years)

It takes more than guns to kill a man.

  • Release day: Friday, August 28, 1987
  • Runtime: 132 minutes
  • Budget: 4000000.00
  • Revenue: 1680358.00