The Molly Maguires Reviews
June 20, 2014
I'm assuming it was going for the "social realism" mark, doesn't quite hit.
December 30, 2013
A decent enough story with impressive music and cinematography.
December 10, 2013
A huge flop at the time of its release ,its now possible to see Martin Ritts film for what it is a flawed epic of the American working mans struggle to break the grip of the barons in charge of the Mines.
Richard Harris is a Pinkerton agent sent to infiltrate a gang of rebel miners nicknamed the Molly Maguires lead by Jack Kehoe played by Sean Connery.
At first Harris is greetd with suspicion by the local men but he soon finds himself torn between his job and the genuine complaints that the miners have about there work.
What we get here are to outstanding performances from Connery and Harris as men on oppposite sides of the law who have a lot more in common than either realise.
Martin Ritt is partly forgotten as a director today in the rush to praise the Auters .
But the opening wordless 10 minute opening shot by Vetran DP James Wong Howe is an outstanding piece of cinema.
Its true that the filkm does lose itself in the romance between Harris and Samantha Eggar but the rest of the film more than makes up for some slack pacing.
Maybe its time to rediscover the work of Martin Ritt as this film really is worth catching.
March 24, 2013
Unlucky but great film by Martin Ritt...Harris and Connery great duel of two great Actors...Good Eggar and the Right final where the law is the real dark side ...
October 17, 2010
Wow, this sounds great!
January 26, 2010
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!
July 31, 2009
Mostly just plain grim.
April 17, 2009
it was a very boring movie.
November 15, 2008
it was the greatest movie i ever watched!!
October 27, 2008
wow i have just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a pretty powerful movie 2 watch...this has got a brilliant cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that sean connery was brilliant throughout this movie....its got a really good story line throughout this movie...i think that even though this was a flop at the movies/box office flop its still worth a watch 2 day...i think that the director of this Drama, Classics movie had done a really good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie its a really good Drama, Classics movie 2 watch
March 7, 2008
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.
July 10, 2007
A good film about a group of imigrant Scottish mine workers and the coal company who take advantage of them. Doesn't cheat you at the end.
September 1, 2006
Very good - Sean Connery does so well in this film on the Irish settlers in America - Harris is once again, the best any actor could possibly be in taking his role.
June 23, 2006
When this film made its now famous failure in the box office, Paramount Pictures had just been bought out by Gulf Western Industries in 1966 and were looking for a bold new direction in the studio. Needless to say, these kinds of results were not satisfactory and it was no surprise by then that the awards were not flowing as they had only decades before.
Regardless of certain exceptions (Godfather I & II, Harold and Maude and last but not least, Nashville) they began to fall and films like this were of the cause. Though ambitious, full of lively dialogue and strong performances - it is an average reproduction of the American Irish gangs and the long since abandoned issues of the mining obstacles for the immigrants.
With no side to chose from as every character seems more or less rotten and chaotic, the film simply does not have an audience nor a real genre to acquire thus it floats abyss in the Hollywood vaults of forgotten failures, sometimes also considered the hall of 'could-have-been-greats'.