Sydney Schanberg is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with local representative Dith Pran, they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war. When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in. Written by
Murray Chapman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Haing S. Ngor
originally didn't want to have any acting involvement in the film as it was all a bit too raw for him. However, Roland Joffé
simply couldn't find another Cambodian actor for the role, mainly because one of the Khmer Rouge's policies was to kill all actors. See more
During the evacuation of the U.S. embassy, a soldier is taking down the U.S. flag and climbs back into the building of the embassy, but he forgets his assault rifle. See more
Cambodia. To many westerners it seemed a paradise. Another world, a secret world. But the war in neighboring Vietnam burst its borders, and the fighting soon spread to neutral Cambodia. In 1973 I went to cover this side-show struggle as a foreign correspondent of the New York Times. It was there, in the war-torn country side amidst the fighting between government troops and the Khmer Rouge guerrillas, that I met my guide and interpreter, Dith Pran, a man who was to change my life ...
Referenced in Spin the Bottle
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
& The Plastic Ono Band (uncredited)
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited See more