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The Fields [Blu-ray] (2011)

Cloris Leachman , Tara Reid , Tom Mattera , David Mazzoni  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid, Joshua Ormond
  • Directors: Tom Mattera, David Mazzoni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007726J68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,422 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Making of The Fields
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SYNOPSIS

During the summer of 1973, 8-year-old Steven (Joshua Ormond) is sent to the Pennsylvania countryside to live with his grandparents while his mother (Tara Reid, American Reunion, The Big Lebowski) and father (Faust Checho) work through their marital troubles. Though his grandmother (Cloris Leachman, Academy Award ® winner, TV s Raising Hope) and grandfather (Bev Appleton) are happy to host him, they warn Steven not to enter the cornfields next to their house.

Haunted by news reports of the Manson murders aftermath, Steven's world intertwines with his grandmother's love of late night horror films and pushes him toward the mystery and darkness of the cornfields that surround their small farm. Eventually Steven enters the fields where he makes a terrible discovery. Then, menacing noises begin haunting the family from outside at night and soon turn to violence. Though Steven s family tries to protect him, whatever's lurking in the fields is about to make their lives a living nightmare.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, skillful...and not very compelling. June 13, 2012
Format:DVD
The list of great things in this movie is substantial. Everything from the locations and music to camera angles and lighting is superb for a modest-budget film (or genre film, really). And the acting is top-notch. Cloris Leachman is amazing and it's no exaggeration to say that in a different kind of movie, an Oscar nomination for supporting actress would not be out of the question. The viewpoint of the film is largely that of 8-year-old Steven, played magnificently by Joshua Ormond.

So why did "The Fields" leave me feeling so disappointed?

It comes down to the story, which is a memoir of actual events in the life of scriptwriter Harrison Smith. And it just doesn't add up to that much. Don't get me wrong--I don't demand that every movie I see be "The Avengers." I like smaller, quieter movies that focus on relationships and character. But in a story that amounts to a modified version of the "home invasion" horror sub-genre, more must go on than an old couple and a kid being scared and running around. I almost wished the movie didn't have any horror or thriller elements at all since as a slice-of-life drama, it rose above its material.

Think of it this way: Suppose you got on a roller coaster, and the car chugs high up an incline to the top of the tracks--and then you go down at a leisurely pace with maybe a slight twist here and gentle turn there...but the view is amazing. That's the case with "The Fields." Everything about the scenery is well-done, but that is one tame ride.

Having said that: MORE LEACHMAN! Betty White gets all of the old lady parts. No fair--the 86-year-old Leachman can not only match White's comedic talents, but she clearly has superior dramatic chops (White's cameo in Lake Placidwas fun, but she played essentially the same person she always does--whereas Leachman is a revelation in "Fields").
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing - Original May 21, 2012
Format:DVD
In this age of Superheroes, glittery vampires and recycled, re-purposed story lines where acting and writing take a back seat to "who can come up with the coolest CGI," occasionally a real film sneaks in. The Fields is a throwback to when movies actually had substance, superb acting, writing, directing, cinematography, the whole magilla. I don't recall a suspense film being made in the past 5 years that drew mystery up from the screen like a smoking tendril from the end of a cigarette. This film does that and more. From the stunning visuals, to the use of imagery though positioning, The Fields is unique. The field, obviously a character in the film is in the present with a crossroads at the opening with a secret. To the east and west of that secret are two possibilities personified by those who occupy those locations. Surrounding it are the players - all who have beaten their own paths outside of the stalks that encase a young boy's imagination and curiosity about all of the people who surround him but reach beyond his youthful understanding. Then there's the setting, which to my recollection, has been untapped, the early 1970's coming out of the turmoil of the 1960's following the Manson family's rise to fame. Of particular note, the writing is...well, no words - it's that good. Dialogue, story, settings - just plain crafted as opposed to some replicated garbage that most Hollywood studios prepare for investors as opposed to the art of filmmaking. What stood out most to me though, was the characters. Not only were they robust, but their interactions were real. No shortcuts, no convenient props to push them along and force their communications/interactions. Each character held his/her ground and reacted the way you would expect them too, based on their personalities. Read more ›
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary without being gory March 7, 2012
Format:DVD
Saw this film on the big screen and loved it because it was scary without being gory, and Cloris Leachman and the rest of the cast are outstanding. It is well done for a film with a small budget and the fact that it is based on true events is freaky and makes it that much better. A perfect summer thriller!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Being a horror/thriller writer myself I can honestly say this movie had the suspense it needed to be a great film. Horror films don't always have to be filled with nonsense gore. I read some of the other reviews and what I read made me realize people only enjoy horror films when people are being ripped apart into pieces. I guess we haven't gotten enough of real life violence. This film brings you slowly into the suspense, and then lays it on you thick. I have lived near cornfields like this before and believe me, these events were some of my fears growing up as a child. I only wish Tara Reid would have had a larger role but oh well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cloris forever December 22, 2012
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I was surprised how much I liked this movie. Cloris Leachman is wonderful as is all of the cast. I reject all of the reviews that seemed to dismiss her performance. This is a character driven thriller. I watched it three times in a row. The story in some ways is very simple, but the atmosphere and sense of place and time that it portrays is right on target. You feel like you are really with these people...just eavesdropping. And scarier than the cornfield is the visit to Leachman's sister and her family. I am ready to watch these wonderful characters again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted little film September 3, 2012
By Andrew
Format:DVD
The movie starts off a little slow, but when the action gets going it creates a sense of claustrophobia. Overall, it did a better job than most horror movies at giving you the creeps. There's no gore so it relies on things that go bump in the night to give you goosebumps. Die hard horror fans might want to skip this one, but fans of 'not so spooky spooky movies' might enjoy this.

Cloris Leachman was great even though her screams started to get a bit annoying as the story wore on. You may not recognize Tara Reid; however, as she kept her clothes on in this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
haven't watched it yet,
Published 19 days ago by Linda Byers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. This is about my neighbors family and ...
Great movie. This is about my neighbors family and made locally. Great writing and production!!
Published 1 month ago by elphabainwicked
5.0 out of 5 stars the fields is based upon a true story now thats scary especially...
The fields is based upon a true story in pa. it's about how this small boy goes and lives with his grandparents because his parents are always fighting, and plus his grandparents... Read more
Published 2 months ago by thomas henry
2.0 out of 5 stars Lifetime-level horror movie
I saw this at Family Video with all the accolades posted on the cover, and waited for them to sell their copy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doctor Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Cloris!
Worth seeing for the performance of Cloris Leachman as the crusty, crude and tart-tounged grandma, but there are great performances all around, and this is creepy, disturbing and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by George R. Filieau
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fields (Film)
Love the Movie but i'm biased, since i'm also in it! Cloris was a hoot, amazing! Bev was great too! baw
Published 11 months ago by Brian A. Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars All stars for Cloris
Her over-the-top character carried this movie, in my opinion. So did some of the other weird characters. But they're more fun to imitate/make fun of than anything.
Published 17 months ago by James Fabiano
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Isn't Afraid of Hippies in Corn Fields
I thought this was avery effective film. WIth the backdrop of the 1960s, and the country mesmerized by the horrific acts of Manson and his followers, The Fields, shows the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. McNamara
3.0 out of 5 stars The Fields
Young Steven is sent to live on his grandparents' farm, where he finds a dead body hidden amongst the corn fields. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carl Manes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
So real, and so scary because it wasn't obvious like so much horror out there. The characters were unpredictable, and you really feel for the little guy as he tries to make sense... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Noreen Janzen
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