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 <email@example.com>
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According to the passport that we see at the beginning of the movie, Sydney Schanberg has the same birth date, Nov 15, 1940, as Sam Waterston
who plays the part. The historical Sydney Schanberg was born Jan 17, 1934. See more
During the evacuation of the US Embassy, not a single Marine is seen with the cloth camouflage helmet cover that was a required item of uniform. 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 ...
Written by John Lennon
Performed by John Lennon
& The Plastic Ono Band (uncredited)
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