Quotes from the Movie Matewan

You think this man is the enemy? Huh? 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 about the enemy.

Joe Kenehan

Ain't but two sides to this world. Them that work and them that don't. You work, they don't. That's all you got to know about the enemy.

Joe Kenehan

I take care of my people. You bring 'em trouble, and you're a dead man. Sleep tight, Kenehan.

Sid Hatfield

I've met Mr. Felts. I wouldn't piss on him if his heart was on fire.

Sid Hatfield

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!

Few Clothes Johnson

It were 19 and 20 in the southwest fields and things was tough. The miners was trying to bring the union to West Virginia and the coal operators and their gun thugs was set on keeping them out.

Danny Radnor

We done it mama! We're gonna have the union!

Danny Radnor

All we got is our misery, Joe Kenehan used to say, and the least we could do is share it.

Danny Radnor

'Round here, there's the Missionary folks. They's the hardshell Baptists. Then there's the Freewill folks, which is your softshell Baptists. Right now, I preach for both.

Danny Radnor

Shootin' coal! Shootin' coal!


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. What are we going to do about it?

Hardshell preacher

This your machine? Heard it last night, too. It's an offense to the ear.

Foothill man 1

You folks try and keep the noise down you'll do fine. Help yourself to the bird and the rabbit. But if you see any hogs, they's probably ours. We'd appreciate it if you leave them be.

Foothill man 1

Grab his ankles missus, and mind your dress. He's a bleedin' like a stuck pig.

Hill man

T'ain't no guns allowed at t'dinner table!

Mrs. Knightes

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