The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

DVD - 1984
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Waterston stars as New York Times reporter Schanberg, a journalist who covered the war in Cambodia. Ngor stars as Dith, the translator and aide, who is exiled to Cambodian labor camps where millions of others have died.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 1984, c2001
ISBN: 9780790749426
0790749424
Branch Call Number: KIL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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lukasevansherman
Dec 21, 2016

You should also watch the documentary about Cambodia called "The Missing Picture."

xaipe Oct 30, 2014

The Killing Fields is the best war movie ever made in my opinion. It was released in 1984, but it not at all dated in its style or subject. It's a British film with American Sam Waterston as one of the main characters playing a journalist during the mid-1970's war in Cambodia which was an extension of the Korean War when Prince Norodom Sihanouk was deposed and replaced by pro-US General Lon Nol and the ensuing murderous regime of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge. As a war movie, it stands out as having few pulse-pounding battle scenes but the ones which we do see are horrifyingly real. The story was told mainly from the point of view of Dith Pran, a Cambodian journalist who assisted British and American journalists as a translator and guide. The story has the advantage of being told in a time before "embedded journalists" were the norm and recounts the beginning of the US succession of continual, endless global wars. The cast could not be better. Dith Pran was played by Dr. Haing S. Ngor whose subtly shifting expressions were a kaleidoscope of love and suffering, smaller parts were played by John Malkovich, Spalding Gray, Bill Paterson, and Patrick Malahide. It's hard to imagine how this movie could have been improved.

aaa5756 Apr 30, 2014

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

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akirakato
Apr 03, 2014

This is a 1984 British film set in Democratic Kampuchea.
The story is based on the experiences of two people: American journalist Sydney Schanberg and his aid-translator Cambodian Dith Pran.
When the Khmer Rouge captured Phnom Penh in 1975, many thought the killing would end.
Instead it started a long nightmare in which three million Cambodians would die in the "killing field."
While covering the war in Cambodia, Schanberg is captured and Pran saves him from execution, but Pran is sentenced to labor camps,
enduring starvation and torture before escaping to Thailand.
It is a heart-wrenching, shocking and emotionally-charged documentary-style drama.
Dith Pran returned, with Sydney Schanberg, to America to be reunited with his family.
He now works as a photographer for The New York Times where Sydney Schanberg is a columnist.
Cambodia's torment has not yet ended.
The refugee camps on the Thai border are still crowded with the children of the "killing fields."

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sgbirley
Jul 11, 2012

I went to visit the "Killing Field" museum in Cambodia in January 2020. I learned how suffered civilians went through the horrible incident for four years. This DVD is good, but it hasn't given full stories, just part of the stories.

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“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.” -Winston Churchill

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