The Molly Maguires
The Molly Maguires (1970)

Irish immigrant coal workers rebel against the harsh company policies in a Pennsylvania coal town. The company hires Pinkerton detective James McParlan (Richard Harris) to infiltrate the rank and file workers and report back on any union… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 8, 1970
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Variety Staff

Occasionally brilliant.

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TV Guide

It does offer some memorable moments of quality and passion.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

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.


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.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Realism without much reality, enormous care for the wrong details, historical accuracy and spineless dramaturgy.

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Shane Burridge

You'll be nudged one way and pushed the other

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