The Onion Field

The Onion Field

The Onion Field (1979)


Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy scheme. They drive out to a deserted onion field in Bakersfield, where one cop is killed and the other escapes. The film explores the consequences.

Director: Harold Becker
Writers: Joseph Wambaugh, Eric Roth.

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Score: 5/10 from 11 votes
Release Date: 1979-09-09
Status: Released
Run time: 122 min / 2:2
Production Company : Black Marble Productions
Production Country: United States of America


John Savage
as Det. Karl Francis Hettinger
James Woods
as Gregory Ulas Powell
Franklyn Seales
as Jimmy Lee 'Youngblood' Smith
Ted Danson
as Det. Ian James Campbell
Ronny Cox
as Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks
David Huffman
as Dist. Atty. Phil Halpin
Christopher Lloyd
as Jailhouse lawyer
Dianne Hull
as Helen Hettinger (as Diane Hull)
Priscilla Pointer
as Chrissie Campbell
Beege Barkette
as Greg's woman (as Beege Barkett)
Richard Herd
as Beat Cop
Le Tari
as Emmanuel McFadden
Richard Venture
as Det. Glenn Bates
Lee Weaver
as Billy
Pat Corley
as Jimmy's Lawyer #2
K Callan
as Mrs. Powell
Sandy McPeak
as Mr. Powell
Lillian Randolph
as Nana, Jimmy's grandmother
Ned Wilson
as LAPD Captain
William Sanderson
as Young Con


Directing Harold Becker Director
Writing Joseph Wambaugh Novel
Writing Joseph Wambaugh Screenplay
Writing Eric Roth Screenplay
Production Walter Coblenz Producer
Sound Eumir Deodato Original Music Composer
Crew Charles Rosher Jr. Cinematography
Editing John W. Wheeler Editor
Production Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Art Brian Eatwell Production Design

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