The Field is Jim Sheridan's 1990 film adaptation of John B. Keane's 1965 play of the same name.
Within a small parish, a man who's worked on a field (from barren rock to grassy fields suitable for grazing cattle) the majority of his life finally attains the opportunity to buy his life's greatest accomplishment. Although his hopes begin to fade when an opportunistic, business savvy American plans to purchase the field himself in hopes to use the field's rich source of limestone to generate highways across Ireland. A struggle ensues between the two bidders that goes awry. This creates a greater debacle eventually leading to a tragic outcome that will changing the outlook of the once peaceful village.
The Field starred Richard Harris as Bull McCabe, Sean Bean as Bull's son Tadhg, Brenda Fricker as Bull's wife Maggie, and John Hurt as Bird O'Donnell. Adaptations included changes to the cast; the town priest received an expanded role as Father Liam Mcdermot, played by Sean McGinley, and English resident William Dee is replaced by the sympathetic Irish American Peter, played by Tom Berenger.
The auctioneer's role is considerably reduced, while new additions include a family of Irish