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Field
     

Field

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Director: Jim Sheridan,

Cast: Jim Sheridan, Richard Harris, John Hurt, Tom Berenger

 

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Richard Harris was nominated for several awards (including the Oscar and Golden Globe) for his performance in The Field. The time is the mid-1930s; the place, western Ireland. For many years rugged individualist Bull McCabe (Harris) has been cultivating a small plot of rented land, nurturing it from barren rock into a fertile field. Now, however, the widow who

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Richard Harris was nominated for several awards (including the Oscar and Golden Globe) for his performance in The Field. The time is the mid-1930s; the place, western Ireland. For many years rugged individualist Bull McCabe (Harris) has been cultivating a small plot of rented land, nurturing it from barren rock into a fertile field. Now, however, the widow who owns the land plans to sell it at auction. The infuriated Bull shows up at the bidding, secure in his belief that none of his neighbors will dare bid against him. But Bull has not taken into consideration a wealthy Irish-American (Tom Berenger), who intends to pave over the land and bring new industry to the area. "This is deep, very deep, deeper than you think" warns Bull, as he sends his grown son (Sean Bean) to "persuade" the American to withdraw his bid. Armed with the foreknowledge that Bull's tenacity has caused heartbreak and tragedy in the past, the audience steels itself for the awful consequences still to come. Punctuating the storyline are the periodic appearances of the toothless village idiot, played by John Hurt. Originally produced for British television, The Field was based on the landmark play by John B. Keane, and directed by My Left Foot's Jim Sheridan.

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Field shines because of Richard Harris's towering performance and the strength inherent in John B. Keane's source play. Screenwriter/director Jim Sheridan transfers much of Keane's well-designed symbolic structure, at times at the cost of the story's narrative flow. A sense of doomed resignation permeates the film, making its tragic ending almost inevitable. The film features a fine supporting cast, led by an almost unrecognizable John Hurt and including Brendan Gleeson in his screen debut and a good performance from Tom Berenger, whose character embodies Keane's criticism of Americanized Irish expatriates who have forgotten the old ways and lost their respect for the land. Critical opinion varied widely on The Field, ranging from those who saw it as an insightful parable for the transition of Ireland to a modern non-agrarian society, to such critics as Roger Ebert, who rated it among the worst films of 1990.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/1998
UPC:
0013023011397
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Geneon [Pioneer]
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:53:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Harris "Bull" McCabe
John Hurt "Bird" O'Donnell
Tom Berenger Peter the American
Sean Bean Tadgh McCabe
Frances Tomelty The Widow
Brenda Fricker Maggie McCabe
Mairtin Jaimsie Actor
Frank McDonald Actor
Nuala Moiselle Actor
Aine Ni Mhuiri Priest's Housekeeper
John Cowley Flanagan
Sean McGinley Father Doran
Jenny Conroy Tinker Girl
Sarah Cronin Girl at Dance
Rachel Dowling Girl at Dance
Brendan Gleeson Quarryman
Tom Jordan Villager
Eamon Keane Dan Paddy Andy
Peadar Lamb Paddy Joe O'Reilly
Ruth McCabe Tinker Woman
Malachy McCourt Sergeant
Bina McLoughlin Villager
Johnny Choil Mhike Villager
Noel O'Donovan Tomas
Jer O'Leary Tinker Girl's Father
Sara Jane Scaife McRoarty Girl
Joan Sheehy 2nd Tinker Woman
David Wilmot Boy at Dance
Ronan Wilmot Tinker

Technical Credits
Jim Sheridan Director,Screenwriter
Mary Alleguen Production Designer
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Audrey Collins Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Conroy Cinematographer
Frank Conway Production Designer
J. Patrick Duffner Editor
Frank Hallinan Flood Art Director
Arthur Lappin Producer
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Tommie Manderson Makeup
Nuala Moiselle Casting
Steve Morrison Executive Producer
Noel Pearson Producer

Scene Index

Main
0. Chapters
1. Opening titles [4:43]
2. The widow's field [5:38]
3. Field for sale [5:51]
4. Outsiders [4:28]
5. The price of a field [3:09]
6. The American [8:03]
7. The tinker's daughter [5:55]
8. Auction day [6:33]
9. The American's plan [6:23]
10. Law of the land [9:49]
11. Tadgh's test [15:11]
12. Kate speaks [4:58]
13. Tadgh's confession [3:44]
14. Field of blood [6:26]
15. Informer [3:51]
16. "Look at yourself" [6:57]
17. The edge of the world [4:56]
18. Credits [3:36]

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The Field 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This beautiful film seems as if it was written by JMS.Harris is brilliant as usual.Great supporting cast.Nicely directed. Nice simple cinematography.It also states what it is to be really Irish and not irish in genetics,but Irish in Culture and Suffering.