The Onion Field

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An expertly performed adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh's novel, based on the real-life case history of an LA Cop (Danson) murdered by two hijackers he tries to arrest (Woods, Seales), and the effect of the killing on his partner (Savage). It's the usual heavy Wambaugh brew: police procedure closely observed without a trace of romanticism, suggesting simply that life in the force is psychological hell. So far, so good. But that very insistence on authenticity is followed by the film to the detriment of the narrative's dramatic structure; half way through, the whole thing begins to ramble badly. Engrossingly sordid, nevertheless.

Release details

Duration: 126 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Harold Becker
Screenwriter: Joseph Wambaugh
Cast: John Savage
James Woods
Franklyn Seales
Ted Danson
Ronny Cox
David Huffman
Christopher Lloyd
Diane Hull
Priscilla Pointer

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2.5 / 5

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This movie was what we all expected. Lucas was about a decade late on the alien craze; no one cares about that stuff in the post 9-11 world.