The Onion Field (1979)

Director: Harold Becker

Writer(s): Joseph Wambaugh, Eric Roth

Starring: John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson, Ronny Cox, David Huffman, Christopher Lloyd, Dianne Hull, Priscilla Pointer, Beege Barkette, Richard Herd, Le Tari, Richard Venture, Lee Weaver, Pat Corley, K Callan, Sandy McPeak, Lillian Randolph, Ned Wilson, Jack Rader, Bradford English, Stanley Grover, Michael Pataki, Steve Conte, Burke Byrnes, Vincent Caristi, Don Starr, William Dial, Raymond Guth, Raleigh Bond, Sandy Ward, Kenneth Patterson, Peter Miller, William Sanderson, Richard Seff, Robert Lee Jarvis, Allen Williams, Jon K. Greene, Dolores Sandoz, Bill Morey, John de Lancie, Wendell Wright, Richard E. Kalk, Ray Camacho, Maggie Sullivan, René Le Vant, Charles Cyphers, Tony Becker, Tony Di Milo, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Nick Romero, Cindy Collins, Rusty Meyers, Phillip R. Allen, Roger Carroll, Bruce T. Huntley, Charles Siebert

Synopsis: Greg Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Smith (aka Jimmy Youngblood), a petty thief, as his partner in crime. Powell panics one night when the two of them are pulled over by a pair of cops for broken brake-lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith, as always, reluctantly goes along with Powell’s crazy scheme. The group drives out to a deserted onion field in Bakersfield, California and one officer is shot while the other escapes. The remainder of the film explores the nature of the American justice system, as well as the devastating psychological effects of this event and the trial on the surviving officer.

Release Date: September 19, 1979 (USA) | Length: 122 min | Genre: Crime, Drama | MPAA Rating: R