Friday, August 31, 2012

Best movies to watch for Labor Day

Labor Day is a day to celebrate the working men and women across the country.
Keeping in that theme, here are some of the best movies to watch about labor unions and the everyday working man and woman.
 •“9-to-5” (1980) — Originally a song by country music singer Dolly Parton, the movie, starring Parton in the role of Doralee Rhodes, is about three woman trying to turn the tables on their sexist boss. The other women are Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
•“Hoffa” (1992) — The rise and disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa (Jack Nicholson) is documented in this story about the man who founded the Teamsters’ union.
•“The Grapes of Wrath” (1940) — Based on John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. This is the story of a Depression-era family as they struggle to survive after being tossed out of their Oklahoma home.
• “F.I.S.T.” (1978) — Another movie based on Jimmy Hoffa, though this one won’t actually own up to it. Sylvester Stallone stars as Johnny Kovak, a man who joins the union in the 1930s and works his way to prominence.
•“Matewan” (1987) — James Earl Jones headlines this story about the struggle of a group of West Virginia miners who are striking against unfair labor conditions.
• “Roger & Me” (1989) — Michael Moore’s first film, this documentary is the story of Flint and the struggles the Michigan city went through after General Motors moved 30,000 jobs out.
•“Newsies” (1992) — This film, starring a young Christian Bale, was a box office flop when it came out. It tells the story of the newsboy strike against newspaper barons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hurst.
•“Norma Ray” (1979) — Sally Field won the first of her two Academy Awards playing the titular character who struggles to bring better working conditions to the factory she works in.
• “Silkwood” (1983) — The story is of Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep), a woman who was subjected to psychological torture, purposely contaminated with uranium poisoning and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing her employers for providing poor working conditions.
• “The Insider” (1999) — Michael Mann directs Al Pacino and Russell Crowe in this tale of a research scientist who comes under fire after agreeing to appear on a televised expose about big tobacco.
Also, check out “Battleship Potemkin,” “Blue Collar,” “Gung-Ho” and “The Take”.

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