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The Onion Field (1979)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  24 April 1980 (Spain)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Det. Karl Francis Hettinger
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Gregory Ulas Powell
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Det. Ian James Campbell
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Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks
David Huffman ...
Dist. Atty. Phil Halpin
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Helen Hettinger (as Diane Hull)
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Chrissie Campbell
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Le Tari ...
Emmanuel McFadden
Richard Venture ...
Det. Glenn Bates
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Billy
Pat Corley ...
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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. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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What Happened In The Onion Field Is True. But The Real Crime Is What Happened After.

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This movie was made and released about six years after its source novel of the same name by Joseph Wambaugh was first published in 1973. Wambaugh wrote the screenplay as he would do the next year for his The Black Marble (1980). 'The Onion Field' was Wambaugh's third book. See more »

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When Karl Hettinger is talking into the patrol car microphone, the microphone is turned around and he is actually talking into the back of it. See more »

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Det. Karl Hettinger: [while in the onion field seeing his partner crying] That's the onions. It makes you eyes water.
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Intrigruing, gripping, and emotionally entertaining!
18 April 2005 | by (WILMINGTON, NC) – See all my reviews

Fact-based movie are always interesting to me. I'm surprised this happened way before the Kennedy assassination. WOW! The true story about "The Onion Field" murder in California mysteriously got my interest for some strange reason. I quickly read the book when I was in college, and I imagined myself in 1963 when the horrible crime took place. When I got the chance to see the movie after 15 years, I was stoked, I was filled with wonder and awe, in what Campbell's partner(Officer John Hettinger) was going through. He has a wife, he has a family, DON'T THROW IT AWAY!, I said to myself. Only the baby's cry saved him from total destruction. John Savage played the role very well in this movie, and James Woods and the late Franklyn Seales(Dexter Stuffins on the 80's cult "Silver Spoons") did their parts well as Powell and Smith. I would like to give thanks for former LAPD Joseph Wambaugh for the book and his courage for doing such a thing. I wished this movie would get a Oscar for it. It was outstanding! 5 STARS!


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