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Killing Fields


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  Killing Fields  Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
8.18 /10
 
Starring
Sam Waterston , Haing S. Ngor , John Malkovich
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Directed by: Roland Joffe (LONDON CRITICS' CIRCLE AWARD - DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR, AAN)
Written by: Bruce Robinson , based on an article The Death and Life of Dith Pran, by Sidney Schanberg


 
 
 
Released: 1984
   
Genre: DRAMA
WAR
   
Origin: GB
   
Length: 141
 
 


 

The harrowing true-life story of an American war correspondent, Sidney Schanberg (Sam Waterston), and his Cambodian translator, Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) .

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A great achievement for Producer David Puttnam, writer Bruce Robinson, and particularly first-time British director Roland Joffe: it's visually spectacular, splendidly acted and a film which really brings to life the horrors of Cambodia. One regrettable error of taste is the mawkish use of John Lennon's Imagine over the final moments. There are also structural problems in the narrative, arising from repeated half-hearted attempts to build the story around Schanberg, when all the most interesting things happen to Pran (an amazing, Oscar-winning screen debut by a doctor who himself escaped from Cambodia, Haing S. Ngor). But, quibbles aside, this is a magnificent, involving film. Chris Menges's cinematography deservedly won an Oscar, as did Jim Clark's editing.

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