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The Molly Maguires (1970)

In the Pennsylvanian coal mines of 1876, a group of Irish immigrant workers begin to retaliate against the cruelty of their work environment.



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Kehoe
Philip Bourneuf ...
Father O'Connor
Anthony Costello ...
Frank McAndrew
Brendan Dillon ...
Mr. Raines
Frances Heflin ...
Mrs. Frazier
John Alderson ...
Susan Goodman ...
Mrs. McAndrew


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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Release Date:

4 June 1970 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Odio en las entrañas  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ten seconds. See more »


The steam locomotive has a steel riveted cab, clearly of 1890's or later vintage, rather than an 1870's design. See more »


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Detective James McParlan: Lager
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Referenced in Stories from the Mines (1999) See more »


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Missjudged classic
2 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

The Molly Maguires is a movie which has become better over the years. I am surprised that it was commercially unsuccessful in it's day, since it's absolutely no worse than similar movies of those years such as "Ryan's daughter", "Emperor of the north", or much appraised movies of later years like "Matewan", which explores the same topic of conflict between oppressed working class and the system that's exploiting them. This film is beautifully photographed, and the acting is brilliant, especially from Richard Harris and Sean Connery. The sets are magnificent, and the viewer can feel and sympathize with the burden of the coal miners and their families working and struggling against the system that is grinding them down, and that they can not change, even if they give their lives in the course of that struggle. This film deserved much more and I just think that this is a classic that has to be recognized. 9/10

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