The Onion Field

That happened in the onion field is true. But the real crime is what happened after.

Categories: Crime, Drama
Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy scheme. They drive out to a deserted onion field in Bakersfield, where one cop is killed and the other escapes. The film explores the consequences.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1979-09-09
Run time: 122 minute / 2:2
Director: Harold Becker
Writers: Eric Roth, Joseph Wambaugh.
Production Companies : Black Marble Productions, AVCO Embassy Pictures
Production Country: United States of America


John Savage
as Karl Hettinger
James Woods
as Gregory Powell
Franklyn Seales
as Jimmy "Youngblood" Smith
Ted Danson
as Ian Campbell
Ronny Cox
as Pierce Brooks
David Huffman
as Phil Halpin
Christopher Lloyd
as Jailhouse Lawyer
Dianne Hull
as Helen Hettinger
Priscilla Pointer
as Chrissie Campbell
Beege Barkette
as Greg's Woman
Richard Herd
as Beat Cop
Le Tari
as Emmanuel McFadden
Richard Venture
as Glenn Bates
Lee Weaver
as Billy
Pat Corley
as Jimmy's Lawyer #2
K Callan
as Mrs. Powell
Sandy McPeak
as Mr. Powell
Lillian Randolph
as Nana
Ned Wilson
as LAPD Captain
William Sanderson
as Young Con
Eric Roth Screenplay

Lynn Stalmaster Casting

John W. Wheeler Editor

Walter Coblenz Producer

Brian Eatwell Production Design

Harold Becker Director

Charles Rosher Jr. Cinematography

Joseph Wambaugh Screenplay
Joseph Wambaugh Novel

Eumir Deodato Original Music Composer

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