R | | 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.
This movie was released six years after the novel was published. Author Joseph Wambaugh wrote the screenplay, as he would do the next year for The Black Marble (1980). "The Onion Field" was Wambaugh's third book.
Gregory Ulas Powell:
Don't waste bullets!
In the beginning of the film (which takes place in 1963), as the camera pans down the street, past houses, a 1965 Chevy Impala is seen parked in one of the driveways.