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The Molly Maguires (1970)

 -  Drama | History  -  17 June 1970 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Kehoe
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Frances Heflin ...
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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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Rated PG for violence, language and some thematic material | See all certifications »
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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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The film was a notorious flop when it was released in 1970, earning back a little over 10% of its $11-million budget, an enormous sum for the time (approximately $55.4 million in 2005 dollars). The film's failure solidified Sean Connery's reputation for being box office poison outside of James Bond and torpedoed co-star Richard Harris' chance at superstar status. Connery's career continued its non-Bond stall throughout the 1970s (with the notable exception of John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King (1975)), and Harris' career as a leading man continued to decline until it went into eclipse in the middle of the same decade. While Connery would re-establish himself as a superstar in the 1980s, Harris never again was a front-rank star, though he wound up as a respectable and in-demand character actor later in his career. See more »

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When Detective McParlan (James McKenna) and Mary Raines are walking down the Philadelphia street, a large hill can be seen in the background. There are no hills in the vicinity, or visible from, downtown Philadephia. See more »

Quotes

Jack Kehoe: I'm thinking... you'd better be what we think you are.
Detective James McParlan: I'm what you think!
Jack Kehoe: 'Cause if you're not... there's no hole deep enough to hide this time.
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Strong performances carry historical drama
23 December 2002 | by (Crenshaw) – See 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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