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The Field (1990)

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Release Date
 USA: Dec 20, 1990
DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 1, 1998

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Running Time
1 hour, 47 minutes

Country Ireland, UK

Studio Avenue Entertainment, Granada Film

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• The Field
• Das Feld (1991)

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Genre: Drama, Tragedy

Plot: Based on a play by John B. Keane, THE FIELD tells the story of Bull McCabe (Richard Harris), a tradition-bound Irishman who fights to retain the land that his family has been farming for generations. McCabe, who rents the land from a young widow (Frances Tomelty), hopes to take full possession of it when the widow puts it up for auction. None of the villagers try to oppose the fearsome McCabe, but a smooth-talking young Irish American utilities developer (Tom Berenger) attempts to outbid him, shocking the entire village and igniting a tense battle between the two men. As the battle builds toward deadly consequences it threatens to jar loose the McCabe family's dark, painful secret--one that's kept Bull's wife (Brenda Fricker) from talking to him for 18 years.

Director Jim Sheridan (IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, MY LEFT FOOT) coaxes brilliant performances from the cast, most notably Berenger, John Hurt as a local simpleton in a brilliant and devastating characterization, and Harris, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his astonishing portrayal of McCabe, one that elevates THE FIELD into the rarified air of Shakespearean tragedy.

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 Directed by
Jim Sheridan
In America, In the Name of the Father, Get Rich or Die Tryin'
 Written by
John B. Keane
Jim Sheridan
Some Mother's Son, Into the West, In America
Richard Harris
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Unforgiven
Sean Bean
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
John Hurt
Alien, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hellboy
Sean McGinley
Braveheart, Michael Collins, Circle of Friends
Brendan Gleeson
Troy, Gangs of New York, Mission: Impossible II
Tom Berenger
Platoon, Training Day, Major League
Frances Tomelty
The Romantic Englishwoman, Bullshot
 Music By
Elmer Bernstein
Gangs of New York, Ghost Busters, The Blues Brothers

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