The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields (1984)

Covering the U.S. pull-out from Vietnam in 1975, New York Times reporter Sidney Schanberg relies upon his Cambodian friend Dith Pran for inside information. Schanberg has an opportunity to rescue Dith Pran; instead, the reporter coerces his… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

It must be nerve-racking for the producers to offer a tale so lacking in standard melodramatic satisfactions. But the result is worth it, for this is the clearest film statement yet on how the nature of heroism has changed in this totalitarian century.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The film's overall thrust - angry, intelligent, compassionate -- makes this producer Puttnam's finest movie to date.

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Dan Jardine

Ngor's naturalistic and empathic portrayal of his character's desperate fight for survival is the key to this film's visceral power.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The screen is swamped by a bathetic, self-preening sententiousness.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The best moments are the human ones, the conversations, the exchanges of trust, the waiting around, the sudden fear, the quick bursts of violence, the desperation.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

One of the great films from what proved to be a great year for cinema, The Killing Fields hasn't lost any of its power over the ensuing 30 years.

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Variety Staff

The intent and outward trappings are all impressively in place, but at its heart there's something missing.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie is diffuse and wandering. It's someone telling a long, interesting story who can't get to the point.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

Every scene of The Killing Fields (and every participant in its making) is in service of showing how abruptly a seemingly safe and vital individual can have everything essential stripped away.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With the gut-wrenching first half of the film dedicated to portraying with gritty realism and a beautiful cinematography the takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer… More
Shauna Robinson
An exceptionally well made film. The Killing Fields is an important, compelling and emotive story brilliantly brought to the screen by director Roland Joffé.… More
Alex roy
The Killing Fields in the incredible true story of the atrocities committed by Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Brilliantly acted and directed The Killing Fields is a… More
xGary Xx
The Killing Fields is based on the true story of Dith Pran, a Cambodian journalist caught up in the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge who seized power in the mid… More
Spencer S.
The horrors of the Cambodian genocide became buried in the first hour and twenty minutes of background information on the conflict between a small group of… More
Mike S
Seldom have I seen a movie that feels so real and authentic. Unlike so many of today's films, this one plays things really subtly and never goes into any… More