The Field
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"The Field is a movie that all too often reveals its origins as a play."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Sheridan seems out in left field here, undone by the sheer hokum of the material."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Richard Harris's standout performance elevates this simple fable into a near classic."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Predictable and interminably slow-moving, The Field appears at times to be an uneven blend of John Ford's The Informer and David Lean's Ryan's Daughter."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"As overwrought as [My Left Foot] was understated."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Field is a grim allegory of hard life on the land -- a symbolic play, transplanted uneasily to the greater realism of the film medium, where what we might accept on the stage now looks contrived and artificial."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A gut-wrenching drama pulsating with Shakespearean passions"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A painfully overwrought combination of A Touch of the Poet and Zorba the Greek."
‑ Eve Zibart, Washington Post
"One of Jim Sheridan's weakest and most propagandistic films, this Iriah social melodrama was made between two highlights: My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The astonishing Richard Harris can't overcome the underwhelming narrative. A rare misfire from Jim Sheridan."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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