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The Killing Fields Poster
Released Runtime Category
1984 141 Action/Adventure
Director Language
Roland Joffe English
Katherine Krapum Chey, Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, Athol Fugard

The Killing Fields

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What's it About
True story chronicling the experiences of New York Times reporter, Sidney Schanberg (Waterston), who with his assistant Dith Pran (Dr. Haing S. Ngor), covers the growing unrest in Cambodia, until the 1975 take-over by Khmer Rouge guerrillas forces him to evacuate. Unfortunately, Dith Pran is less fortunate, and endures years of torture and confinement during the ensuing genocide before attempting a daring escape.
Why we love it
Harrowing tale of man's appalling cruelty to man, that would seem incredible were it not true. Director Joffe crafts an authentic and intelligent portrayal of individual heroism, as Pran overcomes enormous hardship and suffering to seize his chance for freedom… Both Waterston and Ngor (a non-professional actor who won an Oscar) are outstanding. A disturbing but important film.

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