The Molly Maguires (1970) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • 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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  • 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?

  • A terrorist group known as the Molly Maguires has been sabotaging a coal mine in Pennsylvania where they in fact work. Detective McParlan as McKenna must infiltrate the group led by John Kehoe. Throughout the film McParlan's allegiances are tested. Will he side with the Maguires and become a true member, or keep his mission in mind and bring an end to the group?


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  • Richard Harris is an undercover detective employed by the coal mine owners police department to ferret out members of a radical and violent pro-miners group called 'The Molly Maguires'. Harris shows up in town and is put to work in the mine. He is distrusted and tested by the Mollies leader Sean Connery and eventually sworn into their group because of his toughness. Harris is torn between improving his lot in life and his growing respect for the miners. He becomes sympathetic to the miners dangerous and miserable life. His mission is further complicated by his growing love for the daughter of a retired miner in whose house he is living. She (Samantha Eggar) tries to show him the good side of human nature and steer him towards a better life. Harris is a man torn between doing the right thing and getting a chance to rise up in life by betraying the men he has come to befriend.

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