The Molly Maguires (1970)

Director
Martin Ritt

Main cast
Sean Connery; Samantha Eggar; Richard Harris; Frank Finlay; Anthony Zerbe

Genres
Drama, History

Description
Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish emigrant 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?


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