The Killing Fields (1984)
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Average Rating: 6.1/10
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The Killing Fields is a romanticized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine story by New York Times correspondent Sidney Schanberg. Covering the U.S. pullout from Vietnam in 1975, Schanberg (Sam Waterston) relies on his Cambodian friend and translator Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) for inside information. Schanberg has an opportunity to rescue Dith Pran when the U.S. army evacuates all Cambodian citizens; instead, the reporter coerces his friend to remain behind to continue sending him news flashes.
Nov 2, 1984 Wide
Mar 13, 2001
Warner Home Video
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It must be nerve-racking for the producers to offer a tale so lacking in standard melodramatic satisfactions. But the result is worth it, for this is the clearest film statement yet on how the nature of heroism has changed in this totalitarian century.
The intent and outward trappings are all impressively in place, but at its heart there's something missing.
The film's overall thrust - angry, intelligent, compassionate -- makes this producer Puttnam's finest movie to date.
The best moments are the human ones, the conversations, the exchanges of trust, the waiting around, the sudden fear, the quick bursts of violence, the desperation.
A gripping romanticized and somewhat fictionalized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine piece by New York Times journalist Sidney Schanberg.
Se a primeira metade impressiona pelo virtuosismo técnico, a segunda fascina pela coragem em observar sem sensacionalismo a magnífica força de vontade de um sobrevivente, beneficiando-se ainda da maravilhosa performance semi-auto-biográfica de Ngor.
First time feature director Roland Joffe shoots the drama with an unforced realism lent a terrible grace by the handsome images and smooth, unobtrusive long takes...
One of the most potent politically-charged dramas ever made, managing to honor both the epic and the intimate aspects of its drama. One of the top films of the '80s.
Powerful, unsettling, factual; Oscar caliber acting all around.
"unforgettable and unshakable"
The story is powerful, the script intelligent, the cinematography beautiful and the performances nearly flawless.
a powerful portrait of how the atrocities of a world gone crazy tested the friendship and loyalty of two men
Audience Reviews for The Killing Fields
- Sydney Schanberg: Anyone who knows my work will know that half of this belongs to Dith Pran. Without Pran, I wouldn't have been able to file half the stories I did. It's nice to congratulate ourselves on occasions like this. But I can't stand here tonight... without thinking of those innocent people. Pran dedicated himself to helping me bring to the notice of the public.
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