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The Molly Maguires (1970)

In the Pennsylvanian coal mines of 1876, a group of Irish immigrant workers begin to retaliate against the cruelty of their work environment.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Arthur H. Lewis (suggested by a book by), Walter Bernstein
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sean Connery ... Jack Kehoe
Richard Harris ... Detective James McParlan
Samantha Eggar ... Miss Mary Raines
Frank Finlay ... Davies
Anthony Zerbe ... Dougherty
Bethel Leslie ... Mrs. Kehoe
Art Lund ... Frazier
Philip Bourneuf Philip Bourneuf ... Father O'Connor
Anthony Costello Anthony Costello ... Frank McAndrew
Brendan Dillon ... Mr. Raines
Frances Heflin Frances Heflin ... Mrs. Frazier
John Alderson John Alderson ... Jenkins
Malachy McCourt ... Bartender
Susan Goodman Susan Goodman ... Mrs. McAndrew
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Storyline

Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder. A detective, also an Irish emigrant, is hired to infiltrate the group and report on its members. But on which side do his sympathies lie? Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Taglines:

The Molly Maguires were a hard, savage gang of rebels. And the informer had to be tougher than them all.

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Drama | History

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Molly Maguires See more »

Filming Locations:

Llewellyn, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1970
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Shane R. Burridge's IMDb review for the film, the real-life Molly Maguire person "was a peasant girl in seventeenth century Ireland, who supposedly led an uprising against rent collectors." Hence, the connection with the group, and title "The Molly Maguires", as the miners rebel and dress up as women. See more »

Goofs

Sean Connery takes out a $1 bill which wasn't printed until 1923. The movie is supposed to take place fifty years earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Detective James McParlan: Lager
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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Martin Scorsese (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Garryowen
Traditional Irish Song
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Strong performances carry historical drama
23 December 2002 | by joebartoniiiSee all my reviews

A must-see for any Irish-American. Harris is superb in his role as an undercover Pinkerton investigator. We see his character grow to admire the maguires even though he knows he will eventually betray them. Connery is also great as the attractive leader of the terrorist group. This movie touches on an area tha is often ignored, working conditions in 19th Century America. I especially like the American Football/Rugby hybrid they play against the Welsh town. A unique movie that let's us see both Harris and Connery shine. Good score, pacing, photography, and supporting characters as well. One of my favs!


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