The Onion Field


Action / Crime / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65%
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 3892


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Christopher Lloyd as Jailhouse lawyer
Ted Danson as Det. Ian James Campbell
James Woods as Gregory Ulas Powell
John de Lancie as LAPD Lieutnant #2
1.95 GB
23.976 fps
2hr 2 min
P/S 4 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 9 / 10

Gripping Movie about a True Event

One can't watch this film without getting angry. The incident is a real one where to police officers, thinking they are doing a routines stop, are abducted by a couple of petty criminals when they get careless. One of them, played by Cheers' Ted Danson, is killed and the other runs off. The killers are brought in and tried. They are convicted and await execution. This is when things go haywire. The cop who survived is subjected to the worst possible treatment by the courts, public opinion, and his peers. The killers begin the process of using the legal system to get their sentences reduced to life in prison. They do this through legal maneuvering, resulting in new trials. As time goes by, stories become foggy and imprecise. Lawyers look for slip-ups and inconsistencies to invalidate testimony. Some of the witnesses have died. What the were able to do would make on sick. Still, the portrayal is excellent. James Woods does the performance of a lifetime as the prisoner/lawyer.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 7 / 10

Not exactly the stuff that dreams are made of! Nightmares maybe?

This is a depressing but effective true story that comes to an unsatisfactory finish. Up to that point, it is engrossing, horrifying, well acted, and gamely directed with unusual competence by Harold Becker, here making only his second movie. Admittedly, production values are unstinting and 1969 is both faultlessly and seemingly effortlessly recreated. There are strong performances from almost all the players, though John Savage is inclined to mumble. All told, "The Onion Field" is a searing drama, but not exactly the stuff of entertainment. It is too true and too selective a documentary, despite its fascinating police, legal and prison procedure background.

Reviewed by jadavix 6 / 10

A good story told from a distance

"The Onion Field" is a movie that features two fascinating performances, but draws back to include so many other characters that it dangerously loses focus. It has an obvious debt to "In Cold Blood", made the decade before: it's also a true crime tale of murder about two criminals. This comparison isn't favourable, however: whereas "In Cold Blood" had a single-mindedness that was almost unbearable, "The Onion Field" is baggy and vague. It feels like part true crime tale, part Southern Gothic story, but the latter isn't handled as well as the former, and distracts us from it.

It's a movie I wanted to like more than I did, because there is a well- told story in there. Just expect to have to do some digging to find it.

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