The Molly Maguires
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This grim historical drama from director Martin Ritt was loosely based on real-life events. Richard Harris stars as James McParlan, an operative for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in 1876. The Pinkertons have been hired by a major coal company to infiltrate and expose an underground terrorist organization, the "Molly Maguires," operating within the impoverished mining communities of Pennsylvania. As most of the miners are Irish, the recently emigrated McParlan is selected to pose as a new worker just arrived in the area. He quickly wins the trust and loyalty of the local terrorist… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Occasionally brilliant."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It does offer some memorable moments of quality and passion."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The trouble, as so often with Ritt films, is that the situation remains interesting rather than involving. But at least this detachment means that one has the leisure to savour the textures of Wong Howe's magnificent camerawork."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"What it does have, however, are powerful performances from Connery as a labour leader, and Harris as a government agent sent to infiltrate the group. There is also good photography by Howe."
‑ , Film4
"Realism without much reality, enormous care for the wrong details, historical accuracy and spineless dramaturgy."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"You'll be nudged one way and pushed the other"
‑ Shane Burridge,
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