American Dream

American Dream

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple studies mid-1980s Hormel plant strike.

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American Dream


Documentary100 Mins1990PG-13

This acclaimed documentary focuses on a mid-1980s workers' strike at a Hormel meatpacking plant in Minnesota. After employees have both their wages and benefits cut, the local union endorses a strike, but complications arise when the national branch of the union doesn't follow suit. This divide in viewpoints has unexpected consequences for organized labor in the United States, and makes for intriguing depictions of workers' rights, strikes and union negotiations.


  • Disheartening
  • Emotional
  • Passionate