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The story is told by, Danny Radnor, who was a boy when the story occurred and narrates the film supposedly fifty years later. Although the film did incorporate several real historical figures, specifically Sid Hatfield, the chief of police who supported the union, Radnor is a fictional character, invented as a narrative device to tell the story from the union's perspective. When the story occurs, Radnor is a young preacher and a miner who supports the union. By supposedly telling the story fifty years later, he can give an more mature perspective to events that occurred when he was younger.
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