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The Field (1990)

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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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

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Art House & International, Drama

John B. Keane, Jim Sheridan

Feb 26, 2002

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

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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As overwrought as [My Left Foot] was understated.

May 12, 2001
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A painfully overwrought combination of A Touch of the Poet and Zorba the Greek.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Sheridan seems out in left field here, undone by the sheer hokum of the material.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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One of Jim Sheridan's weakest and most propagandistic films, this Iriah social melodrama was made between two highlights: My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.

August 18, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
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Richard Harris's standout performance elevates this simple fable into a near classic.

July 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A gut-wrenching drama pulsating with Shakespearean passions

July 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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The astonishing Richard Harris can't overcome the underwhelming narrative. A rare misfire from Jim Sheridan.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Predictable and interminably slow-moving, The Field appears at times to be an uneven blend of John Ford's The Informer and David Lean's Ryan's Daughter.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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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.
August 20, 2013
John Ballantine

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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.
March 27, 2008
Lemure

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    1. Maggie McCabe: You've been living with a dead boy for 18 years. It's crippling Tadgh.
    – Submitted by Frances H (11 months ago)
    1. "Bull" McCabe: He's learned the lesson of the land.
    – Submitted by Frances H (11 months ago)
    1. "Bull" McCabe: It's my field. It's my child.I nursed it. I nourished it. I dug the rocks out of it with my bare hands and I made a living thing of it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (11 months ago)
    1. "Bull" McCabe: The English are gone? Gone, because I drove 'em out! Me and my kind.
    – Submitted by Frances H (11 months ago)
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