The Last Mountain
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THE LAST MOUNTAIN is a spellbinding tour along the frontlines of America's most spirited battle over the environment and the economy. Set deep in the heart of Appalachian West Virginia, this consciousness-raising film captures a rowdy band of citizens as they try to stop a giant coal company from blowing up a pristine mountain for its coal. A tale of greed and courage, folly and forward-thinking, THE LAST MOUNTAIN is brimming with the coal hard facts and vivid testimony from the hardscrabble people whose lives are intertwined with coal.
Featuring environmental activist and lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr. and the stunning visuals of Appalachia, THE LAST MOUNTAIN is informative, stirring, and most importantly, inspiring (Hollywood Reporter). Not only a searing indictment of America's energy policy, this powerful film also points the way to a brighter, greener future.
- Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
- Artist PSAs in support of The Last Mountain: Emmylou Harris, Naomi Judd, Kathy Mattea
- Official Trailer
Top Customer Reviews
Knowing little about the subject before seeing the film I watched with great fascination this moving true story about a communities struggle to save a mountain in Appalachia.
In the end I found I had been been given an introduction to the consequences of this nations consistently destructive environmental policies that allow corporate polluters to get away with destroying entire communities and wreaking havoc with natural resources that belong to the public.
This film deserves to be seen and by a much wider audience! People should see what these Coal polluting companies are doing to our environment and once they do I 'm sure they'll understand why they should all be just shut down and advocate this nation moving toward a more efficient energy policy, and one that does not destroy entire landscapes.
Overall, this is a wonderful, shining documentary. Thank you Mr. Kennedy.
Though the movie is very anti-coal in general, I found it to be very eye opening to large cooperation greed. Massey Energy is the guilty one here, led by a money hungry CEO who fed the wallets of local and White House politicians to overlook all of the policy and codes they were breaking. Unfortunately, there is an inner battle within these mountain valley towns because they are extremely poor and most of the jobs are in coal mining. But Massey banned unions so they could pay lower wages and have slowly been eliminating massive numbers of jobs and replacing those workers with "more efficient" machinery. Not to mention the horribly low amount of taxes they pay to these communities.
But the townsfolk have worked the mines for generations; they think it is their honor and they do not see the true disservice their own employer is doing to them and their families. While they battle each other, their neighbors are dying (6 deaths from brain tumors in one town caused by polluted well water), their air is not clean to breathe, their communities are disappearing (the piece about one ghost town with just two people left living in it was heart wrenching), and their mountains are disappearing too.
Kennedy says it best in the film, "My kids wake up and have to breathe bad air today because some company paid a politician a whole bunch of money.Read more ›
The locals and the movie have a real champion in Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy has been in this fight quite some time and is a worthy celebrity advocate. It is fascinating to see him go into debate mode with protesting coal supporters. I can see why Haney wanted to include Kennedy as much as possible to help raise awareness of the issues and to heighten the profile of the documentary. It is a sound decision that actually backfires a bit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish everyone who turns a light on would see this film. I live in Kentucky and there has many mountains silenced..... Read morePublished 8 months ago by K Spencer
Excellent!! For anyone interested in the environment or in West Virginia or Kentucky, or any place in The coal fields. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mary L Farley
I watched this with a sense of obligation. I live in West Virginia and I decry the loss of the mountains, and their forests and fauna. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hoofstep
A frighteningly educational documentary... makes you wonder how this can happen in this "great land of ours!"Published 13 months ago by demento
I did not rent this and am unclear as to how it was on my account! I was refunded for the movie but I do not understand how it was rented on my account.Published on December 5, 2013 by Jacqueline Lail