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The Onion Field (1979)

The Onion Field
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John Savage John Savage
Det. Karl Francis Hettinger
James Woods James Woods
Gregory Ulas Powell
Franklyn Seales Franklyn Seales
Jimmy Lee 'Youngblood' Smith
Ted Danson Ted Danson
Det. Ian James Campbell
Ronny Cox Ronny Cox
Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks
David Huffman David Huffman
Dist. Atty. Phil Halpin
Christopher Lloyd Christopher Lloyd
Jailhouse lawyer
Dianne Hull Dianne Hull
Helen Hettinger


Written by
Eric Roth Eric Roth
uncredited


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The film focuses on an actual 1963 event in which Los Angeles Police Department detectives Karl Hettinger and Ian Campbell were kidnapped by criminals Greg Powell and Jimmy Smith (aka "Jimmy Youngblood") and taken to an onion field near Bakersfield, where Campbell was shot and killed and Hettinger managed to escape.
Release date: 17 March 1980
UPC: 027616879035
Tags: Murder (4), Kidnapping (3), Prison (2), Suicide Attempt (2), 1970s (2), Thief (2), 1960s (2), Robbery (2), Police (2), Based On True Story (2), Trial (2), Drama (2), Crime (2), 1979 (2), Shoplifting (2), Korea Veteran (2), Wrist Slitting (2), Loss Of Son (2), Jail (2), Interrogation (2)
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" So, the tag line for the film is this "What Happened In The Onion Field Is True. But The Real Crime Is What Happened After." The 'real crime' they are talking about is the number of court cases that happened after the murder. From the tone of the film I can only infer that the director and writer are of the opinion that the legal system has become corrupt and ineffective. I found this films slanted and rather naive view on the court system a little boring. Yes, people who are tried and sent"


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