The Field, directed by Jim Sheridan, is an adaptation of the hit John B. Keane play. When a farmer, the Bull McCabe (Richard Harris), has toiled for years over rented land from a widow (Maggie Butler), only to suddenly fear of losing it as the widow puts it up for auction. Intimidation and mayhem ensue to rid off any potential competitors for purchase of the land. 

The film was shot throughout Connemara and Co. Mayo in particular around Leenane and Killary Harbour. The ambush scene was filmed at Aasleagh Falls, just north of Leenane village.