Login

The Killing Fields

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, "he Killing Fields" is a compassionate, intelligent and brutal exploration of loyalty and friendship set during the Khmer Rouge's horrific 1970s Cambodian holocaust. Brilliantly scripted by Bruce Robinson, the film is based on the true story of the relationship between Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston), a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times correspondent, and Dith Pran (Haing S Ngor), the Cambodian aide who remains behind following the evacuation of Cambodian citizens by the US army. Initially sending Schanberg news flashes, Pran is subsequently captured by the Khmer Rouge and subjected to the atrocities of the barbarous 're-education camps'. A startling feature debut from director Roland Joffe, "The Killing Fields" graphically articulates the carnage and absurdity of war (cinematographer Chris Menges' stunning work won him an Oscar) offering an apocalyptic vision of the fields where innocent people were slaughtered en masse. Winning two other Academy Awards for Jim Clark's visceral editing and Ngor's astonishing central performance, an outstanding supporting cast includes John Malkovich, Julian Sands and Spalding Gray.

Year: 1984
Genre: War and Anti-War Films, True Stories, BAFTA - Best Film, Best of the 1980s, Movies (1001 You Must See Before You Die)
Country: UK
Director: Roland Joffe
Starring: Sam Waterston, Haing S Ngor, Craig T Nelson, John Malkovich, Athol Fugard
Duration: 137 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains violence and offensive language.
7.9/10
Location in store: War

AVAILABILITY

DVD out - ADD TO YOUR QUEUE

Permanent Collection

For in-store pickup reservations please call 03 3650 615

ALICE ALSO SUGGESTS:

Beyond Rangoon (1995)

An extraordinary, brilliantly executed, not-to-be-missed story of a young American doctor who, torme...

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

The gut-wrenching true story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet...

Eleni (1985)

Haunting images from the past and a present-day, thirst for justice and revenge fuel this true-life...

Harrison's Flowers (2000)

This sweeping drama is set in 1991 focusing on David Strathairn, a prize-winning Newsweek photograph...

The Quiet American (2002)

Set in early 1950s Vietnam, as French involvement in the ongoing civil war was winding down and befo...

Beyond Borders (2003)

In this compelling, globe-trotting saga, Angelina Jolie is Sarah Jordan, an American living in Londo...

City of Ghosts (2002)

After an insurance outfit fails to pay its clients' claims for damage from a devastating hurricane,...

Ararat (2002)

From director Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter") comes a provocative examination of the consequence...

The Zookeeper (2001)

Sam Neill gives a haunting performance as Jonah Ludovic, the last zookeeper in an Eastern European c...

Hotel Rwanda (2004)

As his country descends into madness, five-star-hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle) sets o...

The Beautiful Country (2004)

Binh (Damien Nguyen) is an outcast in his Vietnamese village due to his mixed race. He is half Amer...

Pol Pot - Secret Killer (1997)

Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, remains one of the most brutal and hated leaders of the 20th century. In...

The Devil Came on Horseback (2007)

In 2004, former U.S. marine Brian Steidle was assigned to Darfur as an 'unarmed monitor' and became...

The Hunting Party (2007)

Hoping to make it back to the big time, a disgraced TV reporter (Richard Gere) recruits his old came...

Journey from the Fall (2006)

A poignant and realistic drama, set after the Americans left war-torn Saigon, depicting a side of th...

Children of the Silk Road (2008)

Aka "The Children of Huang Shi". In 1930s war-ravaged China, a young English journalist named George...

City of Life and Death (2009)

Director Chuan Lu pulls off a rare feat by providing a clear-eyed drama about an event in Chinese-Ja...

The Act of Killing (2012)

This chilling and inventive documentary tells the stories of members of the Indonesian death squads...

The Missing Picture (2013)

Filmmaker Rithy Panh re-creates atrocities of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.