The Field (1990)

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Richard Harris was nominated for several awards (including the Oscar and Golden Globe) for his performance in The Field. The time is the mid-1930s; the place, western Ireland. For many years rugged individualist Bull McCabe (Harris) has been cultivating a small plot of rented land, nurturing it from barren rock into a fertile field. Now, however, the widow who owns the land plans to sell it at auction. The infuriated Bull shows up at the bidding, secure in his belief that none of his neighbors … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: John B. Keane, Jim Sheridan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2002
Runtime:
Live Home Video

Cast


as 'Bull' McCabe

as Peter - The American

as Tadgh

as Maggie McCabe

as Tinker Girl's Father

as Flanagan

as Priest's Housekeeper

as Tinker Girl

as Father Doran

as Sergeant

as Dan Paddy Andy

as McRoarty Girl

as Boy at Dance

as Paddy Joe O'Reilly

as Priest's Housekeeper

as Villager

as 2nd Tinker Woman

as Tinker Woman

as Girl at Dance

as Girl at Dance

as Quarryman

as Quarryman
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Critic Reviews for The Field

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

The Field is a movie that all too often reveals its origins as a play.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

As overwrought as [My Left Foot] was understated.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Sheridan seems out in left field here, undone by the sheer hokum of the material.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A painfully overwrought combination of A Touch of the Poet and Zorba the Greek.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Field is a grim allegory of hard life on the land -- a symbolic play, transplanted uneasily to the greater realism of the film medium, where what we might accept on the stage now looks contrived and artificial.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Field

This film explores similar themes to Manon of the Spring and Jean de Florette. Those films do it far more effectively. Harris is fantastic as could be expected. Any shortcomings are not attributable to him.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Seen Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood? Thought he was good? Me too, till I saw Richard Harris in this. The film itself is very good but it's Harris' stunning performance that grabs you and holds you taught right to the very end when it seems as though even the film can't keep up with him. This is the finest and most powerful performance by an actor I have ever seen. Outstanding.

Lemure
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

½

Actors and cinematography where all in rhythm... John Hurt is outstanding. A rather underestimated jewel of filmmaking about hardship and humanity in the emerald island. An underdog movie that'll kick anyone of those"must see movies of the year" mediocre flicks ass.

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