The “Cops” Blog-A-Thon – The Onion Field (1979)


This is my final of 4 submissions for the The Cops Blogathon being run by J-Dub over at Dubism

Tnx for letting me take part!

“Any man who gives up his gun to some punk is a coward. Any man who does can kiss his badge goodbye, if I can help it. You’re policemen. Put your trust in God.” – LAPD Captain

Number of Times Seen – Twice (Cable in the 90’s and 15 May 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Following the abduction of two police detectives by criminals in the 1960’s, the repercussions of the events are show how police can be affected by these kinds of incidents especially when looking at the legal and police systems and how they view occurrences like these.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing years ago and didn’t remember much about it besides the fact that it shows how a cop is affected by the events of a crime years earlier.

This is a film that does a really nice job presenting to us a story that allows its characters to be fully affected by events that occur along the way.

The way each of them deals with the repercussions of those events is quite diverse and is shown quite well.

They are able to try and keep the story balanced enough between both the police and criminal sides of the story in order to help us get an understanding of how both sides view this situation.

The added bonus of getting to see how family, friends and even co-workers are affected by these events also helps us get a clear picture of things.

The debate between how one should act during certain situations is mentioned quite often and I liked the way that they show both viewpoints without being prejudice to either side and allowing the viewer to decide for him or herself what is the right thing to do.

The cats is great with John Savage, Ted Danson, Ronny Cox, James Woods and Franklin Seales all giving us great performances that come across as being quite realistic.

The pacing is also done really well and the story constantly moves along in a wya that allows things to stay intriguing throughout.

Bottom Line – Very interesting film that presents a story in a great way because we get to see how the characters are affected due to the repercussions of events in the film.  Both sides of the story are shown to us and they do a nice job of trying to balance both the police and criminal sides of things to help us get a clear picture of what truly happened. They do a nice job also showing us how family, friends and co-workers of these characters are affected by things as the proceeding are drawn out.  The debate of what is the right thing to do in certain situations is presented quite competently throughout especially since they allow for us to make the decision as to what is right or wrong in the end.  Great cast led by Savage, Woods, Danson, Cox and Seales helps keep things very realistic and constantly on the move. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The cars used in the scene between the cops and thieves were the actual cars from the case. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “The “Cops” Blog-A-Thon – The Onion Field (1979)

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