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The Field Details

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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 John B. Keane's Jim Sheridan. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 20, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Harris Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Harris Best Actor 1990 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Jim Sheridan
Director
Noel Pearson
Producer
Arthur Lappin
Producer
Jim Sheridan
Screenwriter
Jack Conroy
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Audrey Collins
Musical Direction/Supervision
J. Patrick Duffner
Editor
Mary Alleguen
Production Designer
Steve Morrison
Executive Producer
Josie MacAvin
Set Designer
Joan Bergin
Costume Designer
Nuala Moiselle
Casting
Tommie Manderson
Makeup
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