“ Sean Connery is sturdy as always, and the colorful supporting cast includes Frank Finlay and Anthony Zerbe, an intriguing character actor who pops up in a myriad of '70's films.
“ I recall that the cinema was pretty empty at the time so a lot of folk missed out on a treat.
“ This film is rich in period detail and quite engrossing, this is the kind of film you want to watch again and see what dialog you might have missed as the Irish dialects are rather thick.
“ Great Music, Good Cinematography, Uninspiring Story .
“ I saw this film in 1970 at the ABC cinema in Hull, East Yorks and really enjoyed it.
“ The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965) is quite gripping, despite a surfeit of dialogue, but just about everything else Ritt had a hand in before 1970 is dead boring.
“ The slow pace becomes a distraction, especially if you're planning on giving the film a second or third viewing.
“ This good flick packs nice acting , vivid settings , evocative atmosphere , though is hurt by overlong scenes and depressing finale .
“ Special mention to impressive musical score , including a breathtaking leitmotif .
“ A very impressive historical drama with lots of action, interesting characters and a fascinating background, brought to the screen in grand, fast-moving style by director Martin Ritt of all people (a gentleman not noted for his speed, his sensitivity, or his ability to draw memorable portraits from his players, let alone create either a riveting atmosphere or solid suspense).
“ A truly excellent and engaging historical drama.
“ But he didn't have the solid, suspenseful script of The Molly Maguires.
“ The story is totally engaging.
“ Technique IS compelling.
“ fascinating period piece has aged nicely .
“ Harris is suspected of snooping by SEAN CONNERY, the leader of the group, and it is their scenes together that make the film worth watching.
“ Unfortunately, this is one of those films that leaves a big empty blank in my mind and heart after I've watched it.
“ Richard Harris plays one of the most fascinating complex characters I've seen.
“ But as long as this and many other movies are not taken as historical they can be, like this one, valuable and enjoyable.
“Exciting and thought-provoking story of Unions , treason and secret societies plenty of interesting drama , emotion and a strong antagonism between entrepreneurs and mine-workers .
“ but the story leaves you with a very empty feeling in your gut.
“ The film is beautifully shot and he somehow makes the rather dreary northeastern Pennsylvania locations seem strikingly beautiful.
“ This made a (for me personally) rather plodding plot more viewable.
“ It is not worth catching if you're wanting a grand, involving and highly entertaining film.