The Killing fields

United Kingdom, 1984

Film
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David Puttnam brings to the screen an intense and personal story of loyalty, friendship and survival amidst the torment of war and the incredible strength of one man’s will to survive. Based on Pulitzer prize winning correspondent, Sydney Schanberg’s 1980 article “The Death and Life of Dith Pran”, this gripping movie is a factual account of Schanberg’s friendship and professional relationship with his trusted interpreter, trouble-shooter and colleague - Pran - during the turbulent period that saw Cambodia fall to the Khmer Rouge. Stars Sam Waterston and Haing S. Ngor. Film soundtrack music score by Mike Oldfield.

Credits

director

Roland Joffe

producer

David Puttnam

Language

English

Duration

02:10:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

35158

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Journalism

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Concentration camps

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Khmer Rouge

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Pran, Dith

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Schanberg, Sydney

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Khmer Rouge

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

History → Cambodia - History

History → Concentration camps

History → History

History → Khmer Rouge

History → Pran, Dith

History → Schanberg, Sydney

People → Pran, Dith

People → Schanberg, Sydney

War films

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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