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The Onion Field (1979)

R
122 min | Crime, Drama

An LA police officer is murdered in the onion fields outside of Bakersfield. However, legal loopholes could keep his kidnappers from receiving justice, and his partner is haunted by overwhelming survivor's guilt.
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Writer
Joseph Wambaugh (book) (screenplay)
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$2,000,000
Gross (US & Canada)
$9,890,597
Gross (World)
$9,890,597
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Release date
Sep 19, 1979 (United States)

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John Savage
Det. Karl Francis Hettinger Det. Karl Francis Hettinger   See fewer
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Gregory Ulas Powell Gregory Ulas Powell   See fewer
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Franklyn Seales
Jimmy Lee 'Youngblood' Smith Jimmy Lee 'Youngblood' Smith   See fewer
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Ted Danson
Det. Ian James Campbell Det. Ian James Campbell   See fewer
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Ronny Cox
Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks Det. Sgt. Pierce R. Brooks   See fewer
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David Huffman
Dist. Atty. Phil Halpin Dist. Atty. Phil Halpin   See fewer
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Christopher Lloyd
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Dianne Hull
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Priscilla Pointer
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Beege Barkette
Greg's Woman (as Beege Barkett) Greg's Woman (as Beege Barkett)   See fewer
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Richard Herd
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Le Tari
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Richard Venture
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Lee Weaver
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Pat Corley
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K Callan
Mrs. Powell Mrs. Powell   See fewer
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Sandy McPeak
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Lillian Randolph
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Ned Wilson
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Jack Rader
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Stanley Grover
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Michael Pataki
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Steve Conte
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Burke Byrnes
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Don Starr
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William Sanderson
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Richard Seff
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Robert Lee Jarvis
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Allen Williams
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Jon K. Greene
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Dolores Sandoz
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Bill Morey
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John de Lancie
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Wendell Wright
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Jessie Lawrence Ferguson
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Phillip R. Allen
Dist. Atty. Marshall Shulman (uncredited) Dist. Atty. Marshall Shulman (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 4,156 votes