Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 15
  • Crime, Drama
  • 1979
  • 126 mins

Onion Field, The

Onion Field, The

About

Wambaugh, cop turned writer, specializes in the background detail and hellish side of police work. This, the best of the movies from his books, takes a true case and bleakly documents it. Two LA policemen apprehend two hoodlums who turn the tables on them, drive them into the country and shoot Campbell (Danson), as Hetlinger (Savage) gets away. They bury the half-dead cop in the onion field of the title. The story concentrates as much on the devastation of Hettinger as on the trial and incarceration of the psychopathic Smith (Seales) and the compliant Powell (Woods).

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Franklyn Seales, Ronny Cox, David Huffman, Ted Danson, James Woods, John Savage
  • Director: Harold Becker
  • Writer: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Producer: Walter Coblenz
  • Photographer: Charles Rosher

In a nutshell

Brutal, even sordid, but compulsive viewing.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    Serena

    Romantic drama set in Depression-era North Carolina starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

    On Film4: 3 Oct 9:00PM

  • Film4

    Destry

    Audie Murphy stars in this remake of 1939's Destry Rides Again, which is directed by the man who made that previous version, George Marshall.

    On Film4: 5 Oct 12:40PM

  • Film4

    A Most Wanted Man on Film4

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Daniel Brühl star in Anton Corbijns big screen adaptation of John le Carré's captivating novel.

  • Film4

    Macbeth on Film4

    Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in Justin Kurzel's gripping adaptation of Macbeth, playing for the first time on Film4.

  • Channel 4 Blog

    TIFF 2016: Top Ten

    Film4.com Editor Michael Leader runs through ten standouts from the Toronto International Film Festival...   The Oath I'd already seen three of the four Film4-backed films screening in Toronto (inc

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Baltasar Kormakur on The Oath

    As his Film4-backed Icelandic thriller The Oath premieres in Toronto, director/writer/actor Baltasar Kormakur speaks with Film4.com editor Michael Leader about making films in Hollywood, returning to

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share