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The Fields

3.5 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Actors: Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid, Joshua Ormond
  • Directors: Tom Mattera, David Mazzoni
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007726J4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Saganite VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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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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Not counting Cloris Leachman, who is hands-down one of the best elements of this film, the film itself isn't bad. In fact, it's kinda good. It takes place in the seventies, during the days of Charles Manson and his cult. The protagonist, a young boy visiting his grandparents for a spell as his parents work out their problems and interested in the Manson cases, is told from the beginning to stay out of the cornfield, but unable to not take a bite of this forbidden fruit he finds himself exploring its insides and makes a horrible discovery. Further disconcerting is when his grandfather takes him into town where the boy is approached by a strange young hippie woman who creeps him out by something she says to him. She seemed to be with a small group of hippies hanging around a van. Further disconcerting, and frightening, is a man that the young boy sees in places such as on the street and around his grandfolks' house. Is this mystery man merely a ghost, or even more horrifyingly, is he real?
Much of the tone of the film is one of tension: hearing voices in the cornfield, hearing and seeing people outside of the house at night, ominous shots of the cornfield, the mystery man, and the suspicious nature of the hippie strangers.
If for anything, the performance of Mel Brooks' seasoned muse Cloris Leachman is a great reason to watch the film. She brings life to her character through curmudgeonly crassness, deadpan sarcasm, and her signature dry wit.
I say give it a go for the good price here if you haven't seen it yet and could catch it for free on the internet first and like it. If not for free, there's a site called Cloudload where you can download 10 gigs of films and shows for $5 a month. They offer more gigabytes for more money.
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