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The Onion Field (1979)

The Onion Field
6.4 Rating
(19 ratings)
7 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


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: 24 April 1980
UPC: 027616879035
Murder (4), Kidnapping (3), Shoplifting (2), Korea Veteran (2), Wrist Slitting (2), Loss Of Son (2), Jail (2), Interrogation (2), Auto Theft (2), Pawnshop (2), Gift (2), Prison (2), Suicide Attempt (2), 1960s (2), Thief (2), Robbery (2), Based On True Story (2), Police (2), Trial (2), Drama (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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