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The Field (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | March 1991 (USA)
"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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Frances Tomelty ...
Widow
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Ruth McCabe ...
Tinker Woman
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Tinker Girl's Father
Noel O'Donovan ...
Tomás
John Cowley ...
Ronan Wilmot ...
Tinker
Jenny Conroy ...
Katie - The Tinker Girl
Joan Sheehy ...
2nd Tinker Woman
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Sergeant
Frank McDonald ...
Quarryman
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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 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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It owns him. It possesses him. It could even destroy him. See more »

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IEP 5,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,414,017 (USA)
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According to Wikipedia, "John B. Keane based the story on the 1959 murder of Moss Moore, a bachelor farmer living in Reamore, County Kerry. Dan Foley, a neighbor with whom Moore had a long-running dispute, was suspected of the murder, but the charges were denied by Foley's family." See more »

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In the final sequence when Tadhg gets to the edge of the cliff and turns, a crew members head can be seen at his feet. See more »

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"Bull" McCabe: He's alright. Let him be. He learnt the lesson of the land.
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Featured in The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) See more »

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In Memory of John B.Keane
4 January 2003 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

I am glad to see from the previous comments that there is much appreciation from around the world on this film. However there has been no comment on this site (that I have seen) about the writer, John B.Keane. John B (as he was more commonly known) is a legend in Irish literature and unlike so many others I had the pleasure of reading much of his work while he was still alive. John B lived all his life in Listowel, Co.Kerry where he ran a pub. He has been writing for many years mainly about the characters that he knew and grew up with. Much of his work was based on these people and adapted for fiction. If you walk into any good bookstore I am sure that you will come across plenty of his work. If you like The Field then I recommend that you read The High Meadow, Durango & Under The Sycamore Tree. John B wrote several plays along with The Field including Sieve and Sharons Grave These are fascinating novels and give a brillant insight into Ireland in the 1950's & 60's. But for those of you who know nothing of Ireland, it is not the Ireland of today. John B Keane died last year (summertime I think). May he rest in peace.

Coincidentally, Richard Harris died last October. This film is a fitting tribute to him as it is in my humble opinion one of his finest performances and one of the finest in film history. Truly great actors show their colours in this film and what it means to be able to act. I am glad to say that Sean Bean gives an outstanding performance in a very unfamilar role as Tadhg. John Hurt is also outstanding in a difficult role.


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