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The Molly Maguires

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1970
  • Martin Ritt
  • 119 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Richard Harris and Sean Connery. Pennsylvania in the 1870s: the Molly Maguires, a secret union led by Jack Kehoe, fight a violent battle against the ruthless exploitation of labour in the mining industry. The mine owners bring in James McParlan, a cunning and ambitious detective, to infiltrate and smash the Mollys for good.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Its top-notch cast - Sean Connery as a rebellious coal miner, Richard Harris as a mining company agent provocateur and Samantha Eggar as Harris's above-the-ground love interest - whets the appetite, so it is sad that the end result proves so disappointing. All the effort here has gone into the depiction of mining conditions in 19th-century Pennsylvania - the film looks completely authentic - but the script seems to have been written by a mechanical digger. Every scene rams home a message, and Martin Ritt directs not from the camera chair but from a soapbox. Despite its good intentions, it becomes a bit of a bore, and it isn't in the same league as John Sayles's similarly themed Matewan.

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Credits

Cast

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James McParlan / McKennaRichard Harris
Jack KehoeSean Connery
Mary RainesSamantha Eggar
Captain DaviesFrank Finlay
DoughertyAnthony Zerbe
Mrs KehoeBethel Leslie
FrazierArt Lund
Frank McAndrewAnthony Costello
Father O'ConnorPhilip Bourneuf
Mr RainesBrendan Dillon
Mrs FrazierFrances Heflin

Crew

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DirectorMartin Ritt

Details

Released on
1970-05-24
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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