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The Killing Fields

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Original title
The Killing Fields
Running time
136 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Bruce Robinson
Mike Oldfield
Chris Menges
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Goldcrest Films / International Film Investors / Enigma Films. Distributed by Warner Bros.. Producer: David Puttnam
Drama | Journalism. Photography. Based On A True Story. 1970s. Cambodian Civil War. Prison Drama
Synopsis / Plot
An American journalist from The New York Times, Sidney, is engulfed in the horror of Cambodia, and his native adviser disappears and is thought to be dead.
1984: 3 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Ngor), Cinematography & Editing. 7 Nom.
1984: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actor (Haing S. Ngor). 6 Nominations
1984: 8 BAFTA Awards, including Best Movie. 13 Nom.
1984: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Cinematography
1984: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Cinematography. 2 Nominations
1984: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1984: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
1984: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Producer
1985: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
Critics' reviews
  • "One has to admire the honestly of 'The Killing Fields'. This is the clearest film statement on how the nature of heroism has changed."
  • "An extraordinary Movie! So compelling and convincing you can't tear your eyes from the screen. It is not to be missed."
  • "If you see no more than one film a year, make it this one. Oscar nominations are clearly on the way."
  • "Powerful. Devastating. Deeply Moving. Riveting. Amazing. There is greatness in it. This is not just another movie. It's a profoundly heartbreaking, yet greatly edifying take-home experience. No one with a heart, a mind, and a conscience should even think of missing it."
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