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84 Ratings

The Onion Field

Directed by Harold Becker
United States, 1979
Crime, Drama


Greg Powell is a disturbed ex-con who recruits Jimmy Smith, a petty thief, as his partner in crime. Powell panics one night when the two of them are pulled over by a pair of cops for broken brake-lights. Powell decides to kidnap the cops and Smith reluctantly goes along with Powell’s scheme.

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The Onion Field Directed by Harold Becker

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1980 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1979 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1980 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

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