The Molly Maguires Reviews
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.
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.
By firing workers who belonged to labor associations, management practically forced workers to join secret societies such as the Maguires. They were the only organization to act on behalf of workers in response to ham-handed tactics of management.
Informants such as Daniel Kelly and Jim Kerrigan were used to pin crimes on the Mollies. McParlan was a kinder, gentler version of Kelly and Kerrigan, and even he doesn't come off as a moral character is this movie.
A group of McGuires were hung on 6-21-1877, a day called Black Thursday. Their leader, John Kehoe, was convicted for murdering a foreman - but unlike the movie, the murder actually occurred many years before Kehoe was tried for the case. Evidence to convict the Maguires was generally more flimsy than what was presented in this movie.
Nevertheless, it's a fine period piece and an excellent reinforcement of real history told in an engaging storyline.
the plot is safe to say
there were though some historical inaccurasies, some characters that didn't quite fit in, and the ending was pretty abrupt
what a way to feel empty
the movie doesnt even star Harris as McPharlan for a majority of the time, it just slightly focuses on Sean as Kehoe
I admire the film though for the lavish set pieces and the lighting and texture
it's a pretty neat-looking period piece
at times it switches from enjoyable to dark and ominous
but the performances manage to save it from totally faltering
it's worth watching but not worth hanging onto once you finish it
(volontairement sans accents)