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Campo de Cebollas (1979)

Campo de Cebollas




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John Savage y James Woods protagonizan esta historia verídica de 1963 sobre la crisis psicológica que sufre un policía tras la muerte a tiros de su compañero. Franklyn Seales, Ted Danson, Christopher Lloyd, David Huffman, Ronny Cox, Diane Hull.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Wambaugh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2002
AVCO Embassy Pictures


John Savage
as Karl Francis Hetting...
James Woods
as Gregory Ulas Powell
Franklyn Seales
as Jimmy Lee Smith
Ted Danson
as Ian James Campbell
Christopher Lloyd
as Jailhouse Lawyer
Ronny Cox
as Pierce Brooks
David Huffman
as District Attorney Ph...
Diane Hull
as Helen Hettinger
Priscilla Pointer
as Chrissie Campbell
Beege Barkett
as Greg's Woman
Richard Herd
as Beat Cop
Le Tari
as Emmanuel McFadden
Richard Venture
as Glenn Bates
Phillip R. Allen
as District Attorney Ma...
Pat Corley
as Jimmy's 1st Lawyer
K Callan
as Mrs. Powell
Sandy McPeak
as Mr. Powell
Ned Wilson
as LAPD Captain
Jack Rader
as IAD Captain
Raleigh Bond
as 2nd Judge
Bradford English
as Redhaired Cop
Stanley Grover
as Greg's 2nd Lawyer
Michael Pataki
as District Attorney Di...
Steve Conte
as 1st Prison Guard
Phillip Richard Alle...
as District Attorney Ma...
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Critic Reviews for Campo de Cebollas

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

The Onion Field is a serious and most uncompromising movie. It lacks, however, the sort of disciplined craft that might have made it a powerful and affecting one.

Full Review… | September 10, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

James Woods as the near-psychotic Powell is chillingly effective, creating a flakiness in the character that exudes the danger of a live wire near a puddle.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It's the usual heavy Wambaugh brew: police procedure closely observed without a trace of romanticism, suggesting simply that life in the force is psychological hell.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film is generally crisp and at times exciting, but it's also full of incidents that are only sketchily explained, and minus the all-important narrative thread that might have provided a clear point of view.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Brutal, even sordid, but compulsive viewing.

Full Review… | September 10, 2011

Good acting and careful direction by Becker make it worth seeing, but the violence and the language may be too graphic for some tastes.

Full Review… | September 10, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Campo de Cebollas

The Onion Field has real potential to be a very compelling film. There are tons of great character pieces with a complex plot, but it all somehow just doesn't go anywhere. This film is based on true events, but I'm wondering if the actual events were portrayed as is, and if so, did they need to be so true to them? I'm not going to spoil the entirety of the film, nor am I going to get into a discussion on dramatic character development and satisfactory story, but it basically winds down to nothing. Dramatic tension tries its hardest to kick in at times with little to no pay-off. This, to me, seemed more suited to be a Broadway production rather than a film. Two hours of complex plot and emotionally unsatisfying events make for a very dull film, despite the talent behind it.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


A fantastic crime/prison movie, the story is really incredible, and the actors are great. The only problem is that it's a little too long. Other than that I loved it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

"The Onion Field" features a complex narrative and well-developed characters, but ultimately, it never goes anywhere. The scenes that are meant to provoke emotion fall flat, the final twenty minutes or so are unnecessary, and the pacing is slow and unbalanced. James Woods delivers a strong performance, but that's about it. There's nothing noteworthy about this film other than that.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

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