Salt of the Earth

Heart rending realistic tale of Mexican miners and their efforts to fight the union for better conditions.
Salt of the Earth
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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In a gritty mining town in New Mexico, Mexican-American workers go on strike to protest their dangerous working conditions and low wages. They meet with fierce opposition from company thugs and local sheriff's deputies. After vicious beatings and the suffering of the miners' families, the wives and mothers of the striking workers take over the picket line in a final demand for justice.

Stylistically mirroring Italian neo-realism, Salt of the Earth was produced, directed and written by victims of the 1950's anti-Communist blacklisting, including Herbert Biberman - one of the "Hollywood Ten" who was jailed for refusing to cooperate with Congressional inquiries. With the notable exception of Will Geer (Grandpa on "The Waltons"), the cast is almost entirely comprised of workers who participated in the real-life strike on which the story is based. The only blacklisted American film in history, Salt of the Earth was banned for its daring political content, which anticipated the civil rights and feminist movements by nearly ten years. This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library Of Congress, in 1992.

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A controversial drama about the struggles of striking mineworkers in a small New Mexico town whose views are socialistic and surprisingly feminist. Many of the actors and the film's director were blacklisted after its release.

Plot Synopsis:

In New Mexico, Mexican zinc miners, fed up with the life-threatening conditions under which they work, organize a walk-out. The racist management of the company tries to end the strike, with a variety of extremely violent and cruel tactics.


Production Notes:

  • SALT OF THE EARTH was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992.
  • The film was sponsored by the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers.
  • When SALT OF THE EARTH was first released, it was considered to be a propaganda film in favor of communism. Some of its makers faced a McCarthy-era Congress, and its director served time in jail.
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Rating 5.0 Couldn't Be Better Movie Lover: from Columbus, OH US -- January, 13, 2005

Thank Alpha Video for making this unique, socially-progressive movie with a lot of heart available to a wide audience at an unbelieveably low price.

To say this movie is ahead of its time is understatement: it's ahead of our time, too.

You'll be amazed this movie even exists the first time you see it, because there aren't any other American films like it, to my knowledge.

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  • Sales Rank: 9,440
  • UPC: 089218441591
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