The Killing Fields (1984)

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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.




  • Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Sam Waterston and Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Sam Waterston in The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Sam Waterston and Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Haing S. Ngor in The Killing Fields (1984)

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14 November 2004 | Istredd109
| One of the most beautiful and moving films ever made.
First of all I love this genre of movie; I'm not a huge fan of action or fantasy or romance movies, I have so-called "comedies" but I love genuine FILM, as in FILM not MOVIE; art as opposed to enterprise.

This film, The Killing Fields, is one of the defining films in it's class; based on the true story of an American journalist (one Sydney Schanberg) working in Cambodia and his guide/interpreter; a Cambodian named Dith Pran. When the Khmer Rouge (probably one of the most vicious and barbaric regimes in history) takes power the Westerners flee. The enterprising American, however, remains behind with his faithful guide (who sends his family off to America). This turns out to be a bad decision; through a series of misadventures Dith Pran cannot escape Cambodia and must remain behind while his friend flees. The movie weaves a wonderful tale of adventure, misadventure, loss, suffering, death, and reunion (in no particular order).

This movie is so beautiful and touching (and so very graphic) that one cannot help but be affected by it; a must-see, one of the defining movies on the subject of war as well as loss and certainly the most evocative film about the Khmer Rouge and the Viet Nam War in Cambodia. A beautiful film about war and tragedy but filled with hope throughout...

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Release Date:

1 February 1985


English, French, Khmer, Russian

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$14,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,181 4 November 1984

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