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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 2, 1984
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Artfully composed, powerfully acted, and fueled by a powerful blend of anger and empathy, The Killing Fields is a career-defining triumph for director Roland Joffé and a masterpiece of American cinema.

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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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Few feature films have captured a nation's agony more dramatically than Roland Joffé's The Killing Fields.

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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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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

[A] gripping, intelligent, provocative drama.

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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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Peter Travers
People Magazine

If you see no more than one film a year, make this the one for 1984.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With the film's gut-wrenching first half devoted to depicting 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