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The Killing Fields
LunowDate: Monday, 2012-12-24, 1:36 PM | Message # 1
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This movie is rated R. If you are under 17 years of age, please check with your parents before you watch this movie.

[size=10]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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi from i,db.com

This movie fits into our Unit 4. It shows the chaos in Cambodia that followed the U.S. withdrawal from Southeast Asia at the conclusion of the Vietnam Conflict (it was never officially a war). The events depicted are true. This is a gritty movie. Beware.
 
danosaurvuDate: Sunday, 2015-04-12, 7:50 PM | Message # 2
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The Killing Fields was a horrific movie that displayed the terror in LDC's. A US reporter visits Cambodia to report about the Civil War there. With the growing violence there, the US army helps him exit Cambodia but he decides to stay to learn and uncover the story of the civil war.
There were many horrifying scenes of bodies blowing up and ruthless bombings and killings of innocent civilians. Alot of them were teenagers like me. This action pacted movie was intense all round. 
It related to our Ap Human Geography class as it showed the chaos of less developed countries. How corrupt the government is and how poorly the conditions of the people were.
I would rate this movie 7/10 and reccomend it for anyone who is able to watch a bloody and graphic movie.
 
heat77714Date: Friday, 2016-04-08, 8:41 AM | Message # 3
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Hi

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