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The Onion FieldThis film is based on an actual 1963 case. L.A. plainclothesmen John Savage and Ted Danson routinely investigate a pair of suspicious types. Unexpectedly, one of the men kills Danson in cold blood. Savage manages to escape and the men are arrested. But that is not that.
Actors of "The Onion Field"Franklyn SealesBirthdate: 15 July 1952, Kingstown, St. Vincent, British West Indies [now Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]
Characters of "The Onion Field"
Directors of "The Onion Field"Harold BeckerBirthdate: 25 September 1928, New York City, New York, USA
Creators of "The Onion Field"Joseph WambaughBirthdate: 22 January 1937, East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Critic Reviews of "The Onion Field"TIME MagazineSeptember 10, 2011
The Onion Field is a serious and most uncompromising movie. It lacks, however, the sort of disciplined craft that might have made it a powerful and affecting one.VarietyMarch 26, 2009
James Woods as the near-psychotic Powell is chillingly effective, creating a flakiness in the character that exudes the danger of a live wire near a puddle.Time OutJanuary 26, 2006
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.New York TimesMay 09, 2005
The film is generally crisp and at times exciting, but it's also full of incidents that are only sketchily explained, and minus the all-important narrative thread that might have provided a clear point of view.Film4September 10, 2011
Brutal, even sordid, but compulsive viewing.TV GuideSeptember 10, 2011
Good acting and careful direction by Becker make it worth seeing, but the violence and the language may be too graphic for some tastes.Apollo GuideNovember 08, 2002
Ranks among the best crime films of the late 1970s...and that puts the flick among some rather impressive company.Empire MagazineJanuary 01, 2000
Thoughtful trial movie with a disturbing edge.
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