• Film

The Onion Field


Time Out says

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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