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The Killing Floor (1985)




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Don't pass up The Killing Floor on the mistaken notion that the film is a western shoot-em-up or cop drama. The title refers to that special area in the Chicago stockyards where the cattle are slaughtered (yes, we know: yeccch. But it happens). The story relates the true-life attempts to set up an interracial union at the stockyards during World War II. Nothing happens in the film that is not logical or understandable, so don't expect a last minute mano-y-mano duel fought with meat cleavers or some such. Well (and sometimes graphically) produced for PBS' American Playhouse, The Killing Floor stars Damien Leake as a southern black sharecropper seeking a better life in Chicago.

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Damien Leake
as Frank Custer
Ernest Rayford
as Thomas Joshua
Moses Gunn
as Heavy Williams
Jason Green
as Frank Custer Jr.
Jamarr Johnson
as Lionel Custer
Micaeh Johnson
as Sarah Custer
Paul Eaton
as Mattie's Father
Mary Alice
as Lilah Dean
Tony Stokes
as Army Recruiter
Jimmy Spinks
as Black Worker
as Woman in Bar
Dennis Farina
as Harry Brennan
Miklos Simon
as Dan Michora
Clarence Felder
as Bill Bremer
Vernon R. Schwartz
as Jimmy O'Rourke
Wally Taylor
as Robert Bedford
Phillip East
as Joe Hodges
Henryk Derewenda
as John Kikulski
Patrick Nugent
as Jack Johnstone
Gene Janson
as Dennis Lane
James O'Reilly
as John Fitzpatrick
Michael Nowak
as White Worker
John Mahoney
as Thomas Condon
Ward W. Ohrman
as Secretary of Labor
Nathan Davis
as Judge Alschuler
Barbara Redlinski
as Michalina Michora
Bob Riley
as Nelson Morris
Michael J. Kovacs
as Hungarian Witness
A.H. Sturgis
as Interpreter
Rick Sparks
as White Youth
Frank Rice
as Dewitt
Cynthia Baker
as Tess O'Rourke
Richard Lavin
as White Worker
Michael Dunn (I)
as White Youth
Robert Kurcz
as Policeman
Letitia Toole
as Mrs. Bethea
Joe Krowka
as Militiaman No. 2
Howard Elfman
as Militiaman No. 3
Corney Morgan
as Policeman
Ted Levine
as Commander
Michael Myers
as Minister
Connie Szerszin
as White Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Killing Floor

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Chicago film history remains the richer for its existence and its recent digital restoration.

June 18, 2020 | Full Review…

A revelatory historical drama that offers a powerful template for social analysis in fiction.

June 15, 2020 | Full Review…

An intrinsically American historical epic.

August 6, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Powerful stuff.

November 27, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There is clearly a story to tell, but Lee and Rassbach were unable to frame it in a meaningful and dramatic way.

November 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Impressive in its detail and startling in its ambition

November 22, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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