Killing Fields, The (1984)
Killing Fields, The (1984) Genre(s): Drama | War

Directed by: Roland Joffe

Starring: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Craig T. Nelson, Spalding Gray, Bill Paterson

Synopsis: Sidney Schanberg and Dith Pran are two of the journalists trapped during the Khmer Rouge revolution in Cambodia. The non-Cambodians are eventually released but Pran is sent to a death camp. Based on a true story.

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Newt's movie review

It was brutal, graphic, gory, gripping and terrifying. There were times while watching that I wished it were not a true story.

The movie is split into two distinct parts: before and after Schanberg leaves Cambodia. The first half focuses on the NYT journalist and his American view of the goings-on, and the second half belongs to Pran and his desperate attempts get out of the country. It is a difficult emotional story to watch, but so very well done. Definitely not a movie to be enjoyed but one to be experienced.

Ngor is astounding as Pran.

Added 18 April 2003 at 10:33 PM

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