The Field
The Field (1990)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2002
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Field is a movie that all too often reveals its origins as a play.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Sheridan seems out in left field here, undone by the sheer hokum of the material.

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Christopher Null

Richard Harris's standout performance elevates this simple fable into a near classic.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

As overwrought as [My Left Foot] was understated.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A gut-wrenching drama pulsating with Shakespearean passions

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Eve Zibart
Washington Post

A painfully overwrought combination of A Touch of the Poet and Zorba the Greek.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

The astonishing Richard Harris can't overcome the underwhelming narrative. A rare misfire from Jim Sheridan.

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John Ballantine
This film explores similar themes to Manon of the Spring and Jean de Florette. Those films do it far more effectively. Harris is fantastic as could be expected.… More
Marcus Woolcott
Seen Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood? Thought he was good? Me too, till I saw Richard Harris in this. The film itself is very good but it's… More