The Onion Field (Blu-ray)
That happened in the onion field is true. But the real crime is what happened after.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: June 16, 2015
- Originally Released: 1979
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Note: An Interview with John Savage
- Audio Commentary with Director Harold Becker
- "Ring of Truth" documentary
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- DTS - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales & Ronny Cox|
|Performer:||Ted Danson, David Huffman, Priscilla Pointer, Christopher Lloyd, Dianne Hull, Michael Pataki, Richard Venture, Sandy McPeak & K Callan|
|Directed by||Harold Becker|
|Edited by||John W. Wheeler|
|Screenplay by||Joseph Wambaugh|
|Composition by||Eumir Deodato|
|Produced by||Walter Coblenz|
|Director of Photography:||Charles Rosher, Jr.|
Rating: 3/5 -- Thoughtful trial movie with a disturbing edge. Full Review
If the story weren't based on true events, it would nevertheless be fascinating because of its precise and impeccable technical mastery. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Gripping....James Woods steals the show...
Brutal, even sordid, but compulsive viewing. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- Good acting and careful direction by Becker make it worth seeing, but the violence and the language may be too graphic for some tastes. Full Review
...A strong, affecting story...
New York Times
Rating: 88/100 -- Ranks among the best crime films of the late 1970s...and that puts the flick among some rather impressive company.
THE ONION FIELD serves as both a true-life police thriller and a chilling indictment of the American judicial system. Two Los Angeles detectives in the 1960s stop a pair of shifty motorists. In a quick turn of events, one suspect pulls out a pistol, forces the cops to relinquish their guns, and drives them to an onion field. There, one detective is shot dead, while the other escapes. Although the suspects are soon caught, the road to justice proves bumpy, because each crook blames the other for the killing. Meanwhile, the detective who survived feels profound guilt and suffers a nervous breakdown. His condition threatens his ability to stay on the force and even propels him into making petty thefts -- not unlike those of the two men he first stopped.
- Cop-turned-author Joseph Wambaugh chronicled the 1963 murder case on which the film centers in his 1973 best seller "The Onion Field."
- A Black Marble production.
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