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The Pennsylvania Miners' Story (2002)





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In July of 2002, nine men were trapped 240 feet below the ground in a Somerset, PA, coal mine. For the next 77 hours, the attention of a war-beleaguered and economically strapped America was focused upon the rescue efforts, despairing along with the miners' families when the shaft began to fill up with water. Although everyone in the U.S. knows the outcome of the story, this made-for-TV movie manages to sustain a respectable level of suspense, expertly shifting dramatic focus from the entombed miners to the rescuers on the surface and back again. Curiously, the film's climax is inconclusive, as if the film had been made during the crisis rather than several months afterward. Originally titled The Miners' Tale and adapted for television by novelist Elwood Reid from the miners' bestselling joint autobiography, The Pennsylvania Miners' Story premiered November 24, 2002, on ABC.


Graham Beckel
as Randy Fogle
J.D. Souther
as Dennis `Harpo' Hall
Marisa Ryan
as Leslie Mayhugh
John Ratzenberger
as Tom `Tuck' Foy
William Mapother
as John `Flathead' Phillippi
Michael Bowen
as Robert `Boogie' Pugh
Tom Bower
as John Unger
Dylan Bruno
as Blaine Mayhugh
Brad Greenquist
as Ronald `Hound Dog' Hileman
Robert Knepper
as Moe Popernack
Finn Carter
as Missy Phillippi
Anjanette Comer
as Sue Unger
Annie Corley
as Annette Fogle
Lynne Innerst
as Paulette Hall
Lucinda Jenney
as Cindy Thomas
Mariann Mayberry
as Cathy Hileman
Kathleen McNenny
as Sandy Popernack
Peggy Roeder
as Denise Foy
Robin Thomas
as Governor Schweiker
Gareth Williams
as John Weir
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Tweaking emotions is a fragile pastime, and there's a thin line between "tribute" and "mawkish."

August 7, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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