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The Onion Field (1979)

The Onion Field
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6.9 IMDB rating
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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

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Eric Roth Eric Roth


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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), Loss Of Son (2), Jail (2), Interrogation (2), Auto Theft (2), Pawnshop (2), Gift (2), Prison (2), Suicide Attempt (2), 1970s (2), Thief (2), 1960s (2), Robbery (2), Police (2), Based On True Story (2), Trial (2), Drama (2), 1979 (2), Crime (2)
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