The Onion Field Poster

Release Date: 1979

DVD Release Date: September 17th, 2002

R|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
Charismatic psychopath Greg Powell (James Woods) teams up with Jimmy Youngblood (Franklyn Seales), a petty thief. Driving in Los Angeles in 1963, they are pulled over by Detective Hettinger (John Savage) and his partner, Campbell (Ted Danson), for an illegal U-turn. Panicked, Powell kidnaps the officers and kills Campbell. Hettinger escapes, and his description of the men leads to their arrest. As both men evade prosecution with legal tricks, Hettinger is racked with guilt over his survival.

Cast: John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson, Ronny Cox, David Huffman, Christopher Lloyd, Dianne Hull

Director: Harold Becker

Genres: Crime drama

Keywords: Dark, Police officer, Wife, Murder, Pursuit, Los Angeles, Transformation, 1960s

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama