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Overview

Greg Powell, a disturbed ex-con, recruits Jimmy Youngblood (Smith) a petty thief, as partner in crime. Powell panics when they two of are pulled over by two cops for tail lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith goes along with his crazy scheme. They drive out to a deserted onion field in Bakersfield, where one cop is killed and the other escapes. The film explores the consequences.

  1. Joseph Wambaugh

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Harold Becker

    Director

  3. Eric Roth

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. John Savage

    John Savage

    Det. Karl Francis Hettinger

  2. James Woods

    James Woods

    Gregory Ulas Powell

  3. Franklyn Seales

    Jimmy Lee 'Youngblood' Smith

  4. Ted Danson

    Ted Danson

    Det. Ian James Campbell

  5. Ronny Cox

    Ronny Cox

    Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks

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The Onion Field
The Onion Field

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Status Released

Release Information

  • September 9, 1979
    R
    Theatrical

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    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 2m

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