The Onion Field

1979, Drama/Crime, 2h 2m

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Charismatic psychopath Greg Powell (James Woods) teams up with Jimmy Youngblood (Franklyn Seales), a petty thief. Driving in Los Angeles in 1963, they are pulled over by Detective Hettinger (John Savage) and his partner, Campbell (Ted Danson), for an illegal U-turn. Panicked, Powell kidnaps the officers and kills Campbell. Hettinger escapes, and his description of the men leads to their arrest. As both men evade prosecution with legal tricks, Hettinger is racked with guilt over his survival.

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John Savage
Det. Karl Francis Hettinger
James Woods
Gregory Ulas Powell
Franklyn Seales
Jimmy Lee "Youngblood" Smith
Ted Danson
Det. Ian James Campbell
Ronny Cox
Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks
David Huffman
Dist. Atty. Phil Halpin
Christopher Lloyd
Jailhouse lawyer
Dianne Hull
Helen Hettinger
Priscilla Pointer
Chrissie Campbell
Beege Barkette
Greg's woman
Le Tari
Emmanuel McFadden
Richard Venture
Det. Glenn Bates
Phillip R. Allen
Dist. Atty. Marshall Shulman (uncredited)
Pat Corley
Jimmy's Lawyer 2
K Callan
Mrs. Powell
Sandy McPeak
Mr. Powell
Michael Pataki
Dist. Atty. Dino Fulgoni
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