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The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields
  • R
  • 2h 23m
  • 1984
Certified Fresh93%
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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 fields." The Killing Fields is an epic story of friendship and survival produced by David Puttnam (Chariots of Fire) and directed by Roland Joffé (The Mission). Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, whose war coverage entraps him and other journalists. Dr. Haing S. Ngor is Dith Pran, Schanberg's aide and friend who saves them from execution. But Pran is sentenced to labor camps, enduring starvation and torture before escaping Thailand. Ngor also endured Khmer Rouge atrocities and saw his moving, Academy Award®-winning* portrayal of Pran (one of the film's three Oscars®*) as a way of bringing his nation's tragic ordeal to light.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: Artfully composed, powerfully acted, and fueled by a powerful blend of anger and empathy, The Killing Fields is a career-defining triumph for director Roland Joffé and a masterpiece of cinema.
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Common Sense Says
Intense, violent movie about brutal Cambodian regime.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Killing Fields is a 1984 drama about the horrors of a 1970s Cambodian regime that were in part unleashed by wrong-headed American policies during the war in neighboring Vietnam. An American reporter dangerously stays too long to cover the atrocities and leaves his Cambodian journalist partner and translator behind to suffer torture, starvation, and forced labor under Khmer Rouge rule, a harsh regime known for its disregard for human life and for "cleansing" the country of two million innocent "undesirable" citizens. Bloody murders, bombings, and unspeakable atrocities are either shown or suggested. A man with a young boy in his arms steps on a land mine and both die. Hundreds of bodies and skeletons are strewn on roads and in rice paddies. Inhumanity is broadly represented, but so is kindness and generosity as people work together to try to save lives. Children are both informants and murderers here. Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 2, 1984
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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