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Harold Becker: The Hollywood Interview

2 March 2010 1:47 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Director Harold Becker.

Digging up The Onion Field with Harold Becker

by Jon Zelazny

On January 27th, 2010, Gregory Ulus Powell went before a parole board at The Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo, California. Powell has been serving a suspended death sentence for the 1963 kidnapping of Lapd officers Ian Campbell and Karl Hettinger, and the murder of Campbell.

The crime was the subject of L.A. cop-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh’s 1974 non-fiction bestseller, The Onion Field. Five years later the movie appeared, directed by Bronx native Harold Becker, who went on to popular hits like Taps (1981), Sea of Love (1989) and Malice (1993).

With Greg Powell back in the news, I met with Becker at his office in Beverly Hills.

Harold Becker: The Onion Field was my big break. I had made one feature film in England, The Ragman’s Daughter (1972). It was well received over there, but didn’t really cut through here. »

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