The Onion Field Trailer

The Onion Field Trailer (1979)

"The Onion Field" 09 September 1979 Drama, Crime 122 mins

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.

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John Savage

as Det. Karl Francis Hettinger

James Woods

as Gregory Ulas Powell

Franklyn Seales

as Jimmy Lee 'Youngblood' Smith

Ted Danson

as Det. Ian James Campbell

Ronny Cox

as Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks

David Huffman

as Dist. Atty. Phil Halpin

Christopher Lloyd

as Jailhouse lawyer

Dianne Hull

as Helen Hettinger (as Diane Hull)

Priscilla Pointer

as Chrissie Campbell

Beege Barkette

as Greg's woman (as Beege Barkett)

Richard Herd

as Beat Cop

Le Tari

as Emmanuel McFadden

Richard Venture

as Det. Glenn Bates

Lee Weaver

as Billy

Pat Corley

as Jimmy's Lawyer #2

K Callan

as Mrs. Powell


Eumir Deodato

Original Music Composer

Charles Rosher Jr.

Charles Rosher Jr. Cinematography

Brian Eatwell

Brian Eatwell Production Design

International Releases Dates

United States 09 September 1979

Production Companies

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