“Matewan” quotes

Movie Matewan
Title Matewan
Year 1987
Director John Sayles
Genre Drama, History
Plot – The film tells the story of a dramatic episode that happened in 1920 in Matewan, a small town in Virginia: the birth, growth, internal conflicts and, finally, the bloody repression of the miners' protest movement. An intense and choral film, balanced between the tradition of militant cinema and that of the American B-movie series.
All actors – Chris Cooper, Mary McDonnell, Will Oldham, David Strathairn, Ken Jenkins, Kevin Tighe, Gordon Clapp, Bob Gunton, Jace Alexander, Joe Grifasi, Nancy Mette, Jo Henderson
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  • “Now you watch your mouth, peckerwood. I've been called nigger, and I can't help that's the way white folks is, but I ain't never been called no scab!”
    James Earl Jones - Few Clothes
    [Tag:insult, prejudice]
  • “I take care of my people. You bring 'em trouble, and you're a dead man. Sleep tight.”

    David Strathairn - Sid Hatfield
    [Tag:people, safety, threat]
  • “The Prince of Darkness is upon the land. Now in the Bible his name is Beezlebub, Lord of the Flies. Right now on Earth today his name is Bolshevist! Socialist! Communist! Union man! Lord of untruth, sower of evil seed, enemy of all that is good and pure and this creature walks among us.”
    John Sayles - Hardshell Preacher
  • “Fellas, we're in a hole full of coal gas here. The tiniest spark at the wrong time is going to be the end of us. So we got to pick away at this situation, slow and careful. We got to organize and build support. We got to work together. Together! Till they can't get their coal out of the ground without us cause we're a union! Cause we're the...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Chris Cooper - Joe Kenehan
  • “All we got is our misery, Joe Kenehan used to say, and the least we could do is share it.”
    Will Oldham - Danny Radnor
    [Tag:misery, sharing]
  • “You think this man is the enemy? 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...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Chris Cooper - Joe Kenehan
    [Tag:trouble, working]
  • “I've met Mr. Felts. I wouldn't pee on him if his heart was on fire.”

    David Strathairn - Sid Hatfield