The Molly Maguires (1970)
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as James McParlan/McKenna
as Jack Kehoe
as Mary Raines
as Dan Dougherty
as Mrs. Kehoe
as Father O'Connor
as Frank McAndrew
as Mr. Raines
as Mrs. Frazier
as Mrs. McAndrew
as Gomer James
as Franklin Gowen
as Gen. Charles Albright
as Girl at Football Game
as Football Player
Critic Reviews for The Molly Maguires
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.
Realism without much reality, enormous care for the wrong details, historical accuracy and spineless dramaturgy.
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.
You'll be nudged one way and pushed the other
Audience Reviews for The Molly Maguires
A band of immigrant coal miners establish a secret society to deal with their harsh working conditions in any manner necessary. Quiet, understated performances by Harris and Connery set a grim tone for these true to life events, but overall the film fails to build to a satisfactory emotional climax.
I really liked the music score for the film. I thought that the film presented a good aspect to what a coal miners life was life and town life for Irish immigrants in a small coal town during the 1870's. I thought the film showed a good representation of the troubles the mines faced by its workers and how the workers had difficulty getting away from businesses like coal mining because they charged there employees for everything from housing, food, local shops, supplies they consumed on the job like carisean and oil to light their lamps to see. I thought the ending was a little odd. I found it interesting this film presented this from the viewpoint of a man hired to investigate the coal vandilers causing damage to the coal mining business. I actually felt more towards them than the coal mining business who I would consider the villains not the good guys in this film. I thought that the ending was odd.
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!
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