The Molly Maguires (1970)




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A group of 19th-century Irish immigrants working in Pennsylvania coal mines organize themselves into the Molly Maguires, a secret society formed to fight for better working conditions and humane treatment from owners. The detective assigned to the case (Richard Harris) goes undercover to expose the ringleader (Sean Connery) and bring the man to justice.

Rating: PG
Genre: Classics, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Walter Bernstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2004
Paramount Home Video


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as Frank McAndrew

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as Mrs. Frazier

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Critic Reviews for The Molly Maguires

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Occasionally brilliant.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
Top Critic

The trouble, as so often with Ritt films, is that the situation remains interesting rather than involving. But at least this detachment means that one has the leisure to savour the textures of Wong Howe's magnificent camerawork.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Realism without much reality, enormous care for the wrong details, historical accuracy and spineless dramaturgy.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It does offer some memorable moments of quality and passion.

Full Review… | January 14, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What it does have, however, are powerful performances from Connery as a labour leader, and Harris as a government agent sent to infiltrate the group. There is also good photography by Howe.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

You'll be nudged one way and pushed the other

| January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Molly Maguires

What happened to kids in the 40s and 50s to make them so damn depressed in the 70s? In a classic 1970s move, this flick ends on one of the greatest downer moments ever. Not much happens in this one, but Harris carries it well enough and, my god, the ending!

Scott Corley

a gritty, realistic drama that was very underrated at the time. makes you think differently of sean connery. features some nice symbolic cinematography too. never goes for the jugular, but very solid all around.

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