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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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


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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Bean and Richard Harris later acted together in Patriot Games (1992). 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: Outsiders? Are these the same outsiders who took the corn from our mouths when the potatoes went rotten in the ditches?
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A much overlooked classic
5 March 2001 | by (Limerick, Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Field is film which carries a universal message about the ongoing struggle between modernity and traditionalism. It is also a uniquely Irish film which may make some of the scenes lack relevance for an international audience. The meaning of such scenes as the "American Wake", which was essentially a death wake which was held for young Irish people up until as recently as the 1960s on the night before they left for America never to be seen again, might be missed by non-Irish people. However the final scene where the Bull McCabe aka Richard Harris attempts to push back the incoming Atlantic tide speaks of the universal futility of man's attempts to control nature or indeed, inevitable progress.An excellent movie.

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