The Killing Fields

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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... read more
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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.

Original Release

11/22/1984

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Cast

Sam Waterston Sydney Schanberg
Haing S. Ngor Dith Pran (as Dr. Haing S Ngor)
Craig T. Nelson Military Attaché
John Malkovich Al Rockoff
Athol Fugard Dr. Sundesval
Julian Sands Jon Swain
Spalding Gray U.S. Consul
Bill Paterson Dr. MacEntire
Graham Kennedy Dougal
Katherine Krapum Chey Ser Moeum (Pran's Wife)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Roland Joffe

Writers

Bruce Robinson

Cast

Sam Waterston Sydney Schanberg
Haing S. Ngor Dith Pran (as Dr. Haing S Ngor)
Craig T. Nelson Military Attaché
John Malkovich Al Rockoff
Athol Fugard Dr. Sundesval
Julian Sands Jon Swain
Spalding Gray U.S. Consul
Bill Paterson Dr. MacEntire
Graham Kennedy Dougal
Katherine Krapum Chey Ser Moeum (Pran's Wife)
Oliver Pierpaoli Titony (Pran's Son)
Edward Entero Chey Sarun
Tom Bird U.S. Military Advisor
Monirak Sisowath Phat (K.R. Leader 2nd Village)
Lambool Dtangpaibool Phat's Son
Ira Wheeler Ambassador Wade
David Henry France
Patrick Malahide Morgan
Nell Campbell Beth
Joan Harris TV Interviewer

Producers

Editors

Jim Clark

1985 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1985 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1985 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Won
1985 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1985 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
1985 Oscar Best Cinematography Won
1985 Oscar Best Film Editing Won
1985 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1985 Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture Nominated
1985 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1985 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Won
1985 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
1985 Golden Globe Best Original Score - Motion Picture Nominated
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