Joseph Wambaugh's The Onion Field is based on an actual 1963 case. L.A. plainclothesmen Karl Hattinger (John Savage) and Ian Campbell (Ted Danson) routinely investigate a pair of suspicious types, Greg Powell (James Woods) and Jimmy Smith (Franklin Seales). Unexpectedly, Powell pulls a gun on the cops, then forces them into a deserted onion field, where he kills Campbell in cold blood. Hattinger manages to escape, and through his eyewitness account, Powell and Smith are arrested. But that is not that. Thanks to their knowledge and manipulation of the quicksilver legal system, Powell and Smith manage to evade prosecution for years. Meanwhile, Hattinger goes through hell on earth, tortured with guilt over the fact that he lived while Campbell died so ignominiously. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
James Woods is an enormously talented actor and this movie is at it's best when he's on screen. It drags at times when it focuses on one of the cop's guilt trip and family problems. All in all, it's a good watch and at times very engrossing.
I was recently shipped the DVD titled"Onion Field" I was unable to watch the DVD as it was cracked and it looked like someone attempted to fix the crack in the DVD. I would like to be shipped a viewable DVD of the Onion Field for us to watch soon...Thank you.