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The Field (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | March 1991 (USA)
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"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. And when the widow who owns the field decides to sell the field in a public ... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Tomelty ...
Maggie McCabe
Bird' O'Donnell
Ruth McCabe ...
Tinker Woman
Tinker Girl's Father
Noel O'Donovan ...
John Cowley ...
Ronan Wilmot ...
Jenny Conroy ...
Katie - The Tinker Girl
Joan Sheehy ...
2nd Tinker Woman
Father Chris Doran
Frank McDonald ...


"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. And when the widow who owns the field decides to sell the field in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it. But while no one in the village would dare bid against him, an American with deep pockets decides that he needs the field to build a highway. The Bull and his son decide to convince the American to give up bidding on the field, but things go horribly wrong. Written by Kathy Li

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He's let no outsider take it away. See more »


Drama | Thriller


PG-13 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A rét  »

Box Office


IEP 5,000,000 (estimated)


$1,414,017 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The size of the field is given as 3 acres, 1 rood and 32 perches; in metric measure, this is 1.6 hectares. See more »


During the opening scene when the donkey is thrown off the cliff, as it hits the water its legs collapse into it. This shows that the donkey was a stuffed animal. See more »


"Bull" McCabe: She's a woman like your mother. If we knew how to keep the women happy we'd still be in paradise.
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Terrific performances, scenery, tragic, tragic, tragic
17 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Riveting performances by Richard Harris, Sean Bean, and John Hurt (nearly unrecognizable!) in a dark, tragic tale of life in post-famine Ireland. This is the perfect film to launch a film discussion group with. There's plenty to talk about after viewing it, that's for sure. It's not what I'd call an "intellectual" film, but it's definitely memorable. If you're an American, like me, and you saw John Hurt as Caligula in the PBS series "I, Claudius"--you won't believe his performance in "The Field". Amazing. (Note from my wife to Beanstalkers: There are a couple of scenes...) Details? The horses pulling the gypsy wagons are the right breed. And in the pub scenes, you can almost taste the beer.

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