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The Molly Maguires (1970)

M | | Drama, History | 24 May 1970 (UK)
In the Pennsylvanian coal mines of 1876, a group of Irish immigrant workers begin to retaliate against the cruelty of their work environment.

Director:

Martin Ritt

Writers:

Arthur H. Lewis (suggested by a book by), Walter Bernstein
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sean Connery ... Jack Kehoe
Richard Harris ... Detective James McParlan
Samantha Eggar ... Miss Mary Raines
Frank Finlay ... Davies
Anthony Zerbe ... Dougherty
Bethel Leslie ... Mrs. Kehoe
Art Lund ... Frazier
Philip Bourneuf ... Father O'Connor
Anthony Costello Anthony Costello ... Frank McAndrew
Brendan Dillon ... Mr. Raines
Frances Heflin Frances Heflin ... Mrs. Frazier
John Alderson John Alderson ... Jenkins
Malachy McCourt ... Bartender
Susan Goodman Susan Goodman ... Mrs. McAndrew
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The Molly Maguires were a hard, savage gang of rebels. And the informer had to be tougher than them all.

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Drama | History

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Molly Maguires See more »

Filming Locations:

Llewellyn, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1970
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Kehoe was pardoned in 1979, by Governor Milton Shapp. See more »

Goofs

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

[first lines]
Detective James McParlan: Lager
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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Martin Scorsese (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Cockles and Mussels
Traditional Irish Song
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A Wonderfully Provocative Film.
1 July 2002 | by peachamSee all my reviews

Having been born and raised in the area this picture was filmed in,naturally I feel a bond to it. Add to that the fact that Richard Harris,one of my favorite actors stars in the film,and its a must see for me. Looking past that the film is riviting. Harris and Connery carry the film as the Cat and Mouse in this Coal town saga each playing to their professional strengths while adding a bit of their own to the roles. The supporting cast is just as strong,particularly the lovely and talented Samantha Eggar and the underused shakespearean actor Frank Finley.

On a personal note,two of my early mentors in theatre,J. Gerald Godwin and Jane Tomassetti have small roles in the film as the Paymaster and Miliner respectivley.

To sum it up..Molly McGuires is a film that you can sink your teeth into..and no matter which side of the conflict you find yourself on you can see what it was that drove men to do what they did.This film will not fail to keep you on the edge of your seat and make you think in the process.


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