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Act of Vengeance (1986)

In 1969, an administrator runs against the corrupt president of the United Coal Miners Union, and becomes the target of a murder plot.

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

Trevor Armbrister (book), Scott Spencer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Bronson ... Joseph 'Jock' Yablonski
Ellen Burstyn ... Margaret Yablonski
Wilford Brimley ... Tony Boyle
Hoyt Axton ... Silous Huddleston
Robert Schenkkan ... Paul Gilly
Ellen Barkin ... Annette Gilly
Maury Chaykin ... Claude Vealey
Caroline Kava ... Charlotte Yablonski
Peg Murray Peg Murray ... Ellen Rogers
William Newman ... Ezra Morgan
Alan North ... Albert Pass
Raynor Scheine ... Terrance Madden
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Warren Alexander
Alf Humphreys ... Ken Yablonski
Joseph Kell ... Chip Yablonski
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Storyline

Fact-based story about the corruption that occurred during the United Mine Workers' 1969 presidential elections. Jock Yablonski was a loyal follower of then chief Tony Boyle. That all changed after 80 men are killed in an unsafe West Virginia coal mine and Boyle defended the mine owners. At his wife's urging and in fear of his life, Yablonski launched his campaign. And in fact, he became the target of assassins. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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His was an act of defiance. Theirs was an act of vengeance.

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Biography | Crime | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hatalom megfizet See more »

Filming Locations:

Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is last HBO Premiere Films which the name of brand was used until April 1986 and renamed to HBO Pictures. See more »

Quotes

Joseph 'Jock' Yablonski: You knew that mine was unsafe; but you turned your back for a couple of bucks.
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Features A Tale of Two Kitties (1942) See more »

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Working For The Company
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Greed and Corruption Within the UMWA
4 November 2017 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

After a coal mine collapses and kills 80 miners in West Virginia a man named "Joseph 'Jock' Yablonski" (Charles Bronson) decides to do something about the greed on the part of the coal companies and the corruption within the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) by running for president of that organization. Naturally, this doesn't make the current president "Tony Boyle" very happy and being the unscrupulous person that he is decides to do whatever is necessary to retain his grip on the union--and the money and power that goes with it. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this film was based on a true story which made major headlines in all of the newspapers across America and this made-for-television film does true justice to it. Of course, being a made-for television film it has some inherent restrictions which sometimes lessen the overall entertainment value but all things considered this picture captured the basics rather well and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.


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