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The Molly Maguires Details

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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 leader, Jack Kehoe (Sean Connery), as well as the affection of his landlord's beautiful daughter, Mary Raines (Samantha Eggar). As it becomes clear that the group he's supposed to betray is protesting truly wretched working conditions, the lawman's loyalties become divided between the law and his fellow countrymen. The Molly Maguires (1970) was Oscar nominated for Best Art and Set Direction. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:February 8, 1970

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tambi Larsen Best Art Direction 1970 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Darrell Silvera Best Art Direction 1970 Nominee

Cast

Sean Connery
as Jack Kehoe
Richard Harris
as James McParlan/McKenna
Samantha Eggar
as Mary Raines
Frank Finlay
as Davies
Anthony Zerbe
as Dougherty
Bethel Leslie
as Mrs. Kehoe
Philip Bourneuf
as Father O'Connor
John Alderson
as Jenkins
Malachy McCourt
as Bartender
Susan Goodman
as Mrs. McAndrew
Tom Jones
as Football Player

Crew

Martin Ritt
Director
Martin Ritt
Producer
Walter Bernstein
Producer
Walter Bernstein
Screenwriter
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Tambi Larsen
Production Designer
Tambi Larsen
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Willis Cook
Special Effects
Robert Easton
Dialect Coach
Marvin Weldon
Script Supervisor
Wally Westmore
Makeup
Oscar Rudolph
Second Unit Director
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