Cinema: Policeman's Lot

THE ONION FIELD Directed by Harold Becker Screenplay by Joseph Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh, the policeman turned novelist, considers his one non-fiction book, The Onion Field, his most important work. That true story of a cop killing is what Wambaugh also considers a paradigm of the problems and social attitudes confronted by policemen in their work. He refused to put it in the hands of the studios, which he rightly believes mishandled adaptations of his novels (The New Centurions, The Choir boys). So he wrote a screenplay from his book and helped to produce the movie...

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