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The Onion Field
Directed by Harold Becker • 1979 • United States
Starring John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales
Los Angeles, 1963: a psychotic criminal (James Woods) and his reluctant partner (Franklyn Seales) are pulled over while driving by two LAPD officers (John Savage and Ted Danson). What begins as a routine traffic stop quickly escalates into kidnapping and murder as this gripping procedural—based on the nonfiction book by Joseph Wambaugh—devastatingly unravels the legal and psychological fallout of a shocking true crime.