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The Killing Fields (1984) Movie Information

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Roland Joffé


Sam Waterston
Haing S. Ngor
John Malkovich
Julian Sands
Craig T. Nelson
Spalding Gray





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Based on the true story of a photographer in Cambodia during Pol Pot's atrocious killings. -- sapien

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mitchellyoung 12/17/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is an often brutal and emotionally captivating portrait of wartorn Cambodia. It approaches war from an interesting perspective and features an astonishing supporting performance by non-actor Haing S. Ngor. It's often tough to watch, but ends on a very moving note.

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sapien 03/25/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This movie is extremely hard to follow. But, I got the gist of it. And, since it's an anti-war movie, I can dig it.

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Ichabod Crane 03/04/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A film about the Killing fields in Cambodia is actually not really about it precisely because they merely make an appearance. It is actually more of the case of one person in Cambodia at the time of the incident. It is a good film that takes you to the place, and lets you know the fear adn the struggle Dirth Pran faced. Although you never really saw the two main characters that friendly together until they needed to be which is really the films only flaw.

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Lulu1220 01/28/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Based on the the real life experiences of Dith Pran during the Cambodian civil war. Haing S. Ngor who played Pran won an academy award for Best Supporting Actor for this role. The last scene in the movie made me cry (and that is no easy feat).

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10/25/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the very best true to life stories about an accidental bombing in Cambodia in the early 1970's where numerous lives were grievously affected. Reporter Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) and Al Rockoff (John Malkovich) together with Dith Pran, a Cambodian journalist, cover the story. Haing S. Ngor keeps this film interesting from start to finish. Great screenplay with quotes from the journals of Pran - "The wind whispers of fear and hate. The war has killed love." "Nothing to forgive Sydney. Nothing." Sydney - "Because if anybody ever gets to read about this you won't be able to look 'em in the face." Fast paced for a drama, performances authentic while the settings were lifelike and harrowing. Score was haunting as the scenes. The Killing Fields is about the horrors of war,...

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"The Killing Fields" by Yojimbo

The Killing Fields is based on the true story of Dith Pran, a Cambodian journalist caught up in the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge who seized power in the mid seventies. I saw this film many years ago and it had a profound effect on me at the time, not having previously known of the events it documents. To be honest, it is not quite the masterpiece I remembered it to be; the first hour is a pretty generic, if decent foreign-journalists-caught-up-in-civil-conflict story and it is showing its age a little. The soundtrack in particular at times sounded like it'd be more at home in a John Carpenter film than an epic human tragedy. Also the scale of what happened is almost impossible to get your head around and the rather dry, factual way it is presented means that the emotional connection of s...

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