The Field (1990)


“Outsiders? Are these the same outsiders who took the corn from our mouths when the potatoes went rotten in the ditches?” – Bull McCabe

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A farmer renting land in rural Ireland will do all he can in order to buy the land from the owner when she decided to sell it.

My Take on it – This is yet another film that I never git around to ever seeing despite hearing about for so many years.

I have always enjoyed many of Richard Harris’ films and being aware that this was his final Oscar nomination, it was always in the back of my mind to finally watching it.

At the beginning of this month, I started a new series where I have been examining the Oscar Best Actor Nominations over the years and it reminded me that I wanted to see this film.

The premise is quite interesting and since it heavily focuses on the interactions of the characters, there is so much to take in.

The performances are great and besides Harris, Sean Bean, Tom Berenger and John Hurt all stand out.

Harris is all over the place here and was definitely deserving of his nomination for this role.

The pacing is a bit slow for its own good and certain scenes take eternity to get through.

They do an excellent job showing the difficulties of a man who wants to have the satisfaction of owning and farming his own land after so many years of working on someone else’s property.

The fact that he is willing to do anything in order to accomplish this feat and have something for his future descendants to enjoy is portrayed really well here.

Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that features great performances but moves along a bit too slowly for its own good.  Harris is great here and truly deserved an Oscar nomination for this role. Great supporting turns by Berenger, Bean and Hurt. The way that this story shows the difficulties of a man who only wants to feel the delight of farming his own land and will do anything to have it for himself and his descendants is a great one and is portrayed really well here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In order to secure his role, Sir Richard Harris arranged a meeting with Director Jim Sheridan, and turned up in full costume and in character. Sheridan, who was initially reluctant to cast Harris because of his difficult reputation, decided to cast him based on this meeting. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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