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Killing Fields

Killing Fields

Sam Waterston
Director: Roland Joffé Cast: Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
, Dr. Haing S. Ngor
Dr. Haing S. Ngor
, John Malkovich
John Malkovich
Roland Joffé


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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. Although his family is helicoptered out of Saigon (a recreation of the famous TV news clip), Dith Pran stays with Schanberg on the ground. Racked with guilt, Schanberg does his best to arrange for Dith Pran's escape, but the Cambodian is captured by the dreaded Khmer Rouge. Accepting his Pulitzer Prize on behalf of Dith Pran, Schanberg vows to do right by his friend and extricate him from Cambodia. The rest of the film details Dith Pran's harrowing experiences at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, and his attempt to escape on his own. The Killing Fields won Academy Awards for Hang S. Ngor (a Cambodian doctor who lived through many of the horrific events depicted herein), cinematographer Chris Menges, and editor Jim Clark; an Oscar nomination went to Roland Joffe, who made his directorial debut with this film. Spalding Gray, who played a small role in the film, later elaborated on this experiences in his one-man stage presentation Swimming to Cambodia.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0888574446215
Original Release: 1984
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 2:22:00
Sales rank: 21,222

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director Roland Joffé; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Waterston Sydney Schanberg
Haing S. Ngor Dith Pran
John Malkovich Al Rockoff
Julian Sands Jon Swain
Craig T. Nelson Military Attache
Athol Fugard Dr. Sundesval
Spalding Gray United States consul
Bill Paterson Dr. Macantire
Jay Barney Schanberg's Father
Katherine Kragum Chey Ser Moeun
Sayo Inaba Mrs. Noaks
Mark Long Noaks
Joanna Merlin Schanberg's Sister
Graham Kennedy Dougal
Oliver Pierpaoli Titonel, Pran's Son
Edward Entero Chey Sarun
Monirak Sisowath Phat, KR Leader, 2nd Village
Ira Wheeler Ambassador Wade
David Henry France
Patrick Malahide Morgan
Nell Campbell Beth
Joan Harris TV Interviewer

Technical Credits
Roland Joffé Director
Jim Clark Editor
Fred Cramer Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Terry Forrestal Stunts
Tommie Manderson Makeup
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Judy Moorcraft Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Mike Oldfield Score Composer
David Puttnam Producer
Michael Roberts Camera Operator
Bruce Robinson Screenwriter
Iain Smith Associate Producer
Steve Spence Art Director
Roy Walker Production Designer
Bill Westley Asst. Director
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Killing Fields
1. Cambodia: 1973.
2. Schanberg Arrives.
3. Sudden Terror.
4. No Comment.
5. Neak Luong.
6. Disaster Area.
7. Permission Denied.
8. Military Maneuver.
9. Very Bad Future.
10. Bottling Plant.
11. Staying Or Living.
12. A Reporter Too.
13. Evacuation Day.
14. Into The Sky.
15. Khmer Rouge/Phnom Pehn.
16. Plenty Of Blood.
17. Prisoners.
18. Negotiating For Life.
19. Mass Migration.
20. The French Embassy.
21. "Adieu, Ancien Régime."
22. The Passport Plot.
23. Serious Picture.
24. Hope Fades.
25. Pran's Departure.
26. Stateside.
27. Memories And Images.
28. The Labor Camp.
29. Year Zero.
30. First Escape Attempt.
31. Punishment.
32. Second Attempt.
33. The Killing Fields.
34. The Awards Banquet.
35. What Bothers Rockoff.
36. "I Never Discussed It..."
37. New Enemies.
38. A Life In Pran's Trust.
39. The Bombing Raid.
40. Phat Killed.
41. In Flight.
42. Through Countryside.
43. Jungle Tragedy.
44. Refugee Camp.
45. Good News.
46. Reborn (Imagine).
47. Coda And End Credits.

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