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The Molly Maguires

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Original title
The Molly Maguires
Running time
123 min.
United States United States
Walter Bernstein (Novel: Arthur H. Lewis)
Henry Mancini
James Wong Howe
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Paramount Pictures
Drama | 19th Century. Social Drama. Small Town Life (North-american). Based On A True Story
Synopsis / Plot
An expensive box-office flop when released in 1970, The Molly Maguires can now be appreciated as a compelling drama with potent political undertones. The talent involved is first-rate all the way: In addition to the volatile teaming of Sean Connery and Richard Harris on opposite sides of a Pennsylvania miners' war, director Martin Ritt and screenwriter Walter Bernstein were at the height of their Hollywood powers, determined to give viewers a visceral, grittily authentic drama about the exploitation of Irish immigrant miners in the centennial America of 1876. Connery's secret gang, the Molly Maguires, retaliates by destroying mines and equipment; Harris infiltrates the group as an informer hired by the coal-company owners, leading to his inevitable crisis of conscience.
1970: Nominated for Oscar: Best Art Direction
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