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The Killing Fields -- An American citizen is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" ethnic cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

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Director:
Writer:
Bruce Robinson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 February 1985 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He was a reporter for the New York Times whose coverage of the Cambodian War would win him a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. But the friend who made it possible was half the world away with his life in great danger... This is the story of war and friendship, the anguish of a country and of one man's will to live. See more »
Plot:
A photographer is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 20 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
All-time, no-holds-barred, 100% favourite See more (176 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sam Waterston ... Sydney Schanberg

Haing S. Ngor ... Dith Pran (as Dr. Haing S Ngor)

John Malkovich ... Al Rockoff

Julian Sands ... Jon Swain

Craig T. Nelson ... Military Attache

Spalding Gray ... U.S. Consul

Bill Paterson ... Dr. MacEntire
Athol Fugard ... Dr. Sundesval
Graham Kennedy ... Dougal
Katherine Krapum Chey ... Ser Moeum (Pran's Wife)
Oliver Pierpaoli ... Titony (Pran's Son)
Edward Entero Chey ... Sarun
Tom Bird ... U.S. Military Advisor
Monirak Sisowath ... Phat (K.R. Leader 2nd Village)
Lambool Dtangpaibool ... Phat's Son
Ira Wheeler ... Ambassador Wade
David Henry ... France

Patrick Malahide ... Morgan

Nell Campbell ... Beth
Joan Harris ... TV Interviewer

Joanna Merlin ... Schanberg's Sister
Jay Barney ... Schanberg's Father
Mark Long ... Noaks
Sayo Inaba ... Mrs. Noaks
Mow Leng ... Sirik Matak
Chinsaure Sar ... Arresting Officer
Hout Ming Tran ... K.R. Cadre-First Village
Thach Suon ... Sahn
Neevy Pal ... Rosa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bodycomb ... Jeep Driver (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roland Joffé 
 
Writing credits
Bruce Robinson (screenplay)

Produced by
David Puttnam .... producer
Iain Smith .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mike Oldfield 
 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jim Clark 
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Susie Figgis 
Pat Golden 
Juliet Taylor  (as Juliette Taylor)
 
Production Design by
Roy Walker 
 
Art Direction by
Roger Murray-Leach 
Steve Spence 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
 
Makeup Department
Ronnie Cogan .... key hair stylist
Yvonne Coppard .... makeup artist
James Keeler .... hair stylist: Toronto
Ken Lintott .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup supervisor
Sophy Pradith .... makeup artist
Chris Taylor .... hair stylist
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Coatsworth .... production manager: Toronto
Robin Douet .... production supervisor
Charles Hubbard .... unit production manager: Thailand
Claude Hudson .... production manager: Bangkok
Philip Kohler .... production manager: Phuket (as Phil Kohler)
Barrie Melrose .... production manager: Thailand
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Barron .... assistant director
David Brown .... assistant director
Alan Goluboff .... assistant director: Toronto
Charles Hubbard .... assistant director: second unit
Buranee Rachjaibun .... assistant director
Howard Rothschild .... assistant director: Toronto
Sompol Sungkawess .... assistant director
Gerry Toomey .... assistant director
Bill Westley .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Martin Atkinson .... assistant art director
Paul Bradburn .... props
Jacques M. Bradette .... set dresser: Toronto
Howard Brown .... graphics
Ken Court .... assistant art director
Tessa Davies .... set dresser
Len Day .... chargehand carpenter
George Dean .... chargehand painter
Andrew Deskin .... head props: Toronto
Patrick Doyle .... stagehand
Len Furey .... construction manager
John Gorham .... graphics
Julie Graysmark .... draughtswoman
Fred Gunning .... supervising chargehand carpenter
Bill Harman .... construction manager: Toronto
Frank Henry .... chargehand carpenter
Ronald Kent .... painter
John Porter .... carpenter
Michael Quayle .... chargehand plasterer
Ron Quelch .... production buyer
John Roberts .... master painter
Alan Seabrook .... chargehand painter
Mickey Spence .... supervising plasterer
Thomas Tarry .... supervising plasterer
Alan Taylor .... supervising carpenter
Andrew Tombs .... plasterer
Terry Wells .... property master
Dave Midson .... stand-by prop (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Compton .... footsteps editor (as Ray Compton)
Ian Fuller .... dubbing editor
Leonard Green .... assistant dialogue editor (as Lenny Green)
David Grimsdale .... assistant dubbing editor
Dushko Indjic .... boom operator (as Dushan Indjic)
Eddy Joseph .... dialogue editor
Ray Merrin .... assistant dubbing mixer
Ric O'Connor .... assistant footsteps editor (as Rick O'Connor)
Bill Rowe .... dubbing mixer
Niwat Sumneangsanor .... sound assistant
Robert Taylor .... second camera sound mixer (as Bob Taylor)
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist: UK (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alan Bryce .... special effects technician (as Allan Bryce)
Fred Cramer .... special effects supervisor
Andrew 'Sandy' Overholtzer .... special effects technician (as Andrew Overholtzer)
Melvyn Pearson .... special effects technician
Jay King .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Neil Sharp .... opticals (as NEIL SHARP of Kays)
Costas Charitou .... opticals: Camera Effects Ltd (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Ainslie .... clapper loader
David Appleby .... still photographer
Jonn Barry .... electrician
Peter Bloor .... gaffer
Ray Boyle .... gaffer: Toronto
Tony Breeze .... assistant camera: second unit
Peter Casey .... generator operator
John Clark .... best boy
Tony Cridlin .... grip (as Tony Cridlin Jr.)
John Field .... rigger
Judy Freeman .... video operator
Jeremy Gee .... focus puller
Eddie Knight .... electrician
Agapios Louka .... camera maintenance
Robert McRae .... key grip: Toronto
Eric Melville .... electrician trainee
Allan Mills .... electrician
Satharn Pairaoh .... assistant camera
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Stephen Samson .... rigger
Ivan Strasburg .... director of photography: second unit
Roland Neveu .... special shoot photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Say Hong .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthony Black .... wardrobe assistant
Keith Denny .... wardrobe supervisor
Norman Dickens .... wardrobe master
Keith Morton .... wardrobe master
Marc O'Hara .... wardrobe master: Toronto
Doungporn Soawapap .... wardrobe assistant
Gary Wells .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Bryan Oates .... first assistant editor
Anne Sopel .... second assistant editor
Tony Tromp .... editor trainee
 
Music Department
David Bedford .... composer: additional music
David Bedford .... music arranger: choral
David Bedford .... orchestrator
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer
John Gale .... music consultant
Eberhard Schoener .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Brian Hathaway .... action vehicles manager
John Hollywood .... unit driver: London
Michael Jones .... transportation coordinator
Pamela Wells .... transportation manager
 
Other crew
Barbara Allen .... production coordinator: Thailand
Judy Arthur .... press liaison: USA
Simon Atherton .... armorer
Joan Bull .... unit nurse
Paul Caldicott .... catering assistant
Rachelle Charron .... accountant: Toronto
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator: Canada
Nobby Clark .... supervising rigger (as Roy T. Clark)
Dominic Clooney .... catering supervisor
Teresa Colman .... assistant to producer
Con Cremins .... assistant accountant
Penny Eyles .... continuity
Kate Fitzmaurice .... voice coach
Brian Harris .... production accountant
John Hemmings .... liaison
Gilly Hodson .... publicity: Enigma
Christine Hoy .... assistant accountant
Alan Kingham .... catering assistant
Dean McGill .... catering assistant
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Richard Nesbitt .... unit doctor
Len Nieder .... catering manager
Uberto Pasolini .... unit runner
Santa Pestonji .... production executive: Thailand
Betty Sharp .... secretary to accountant
Julie Sheppard .... attachment: National Film School
Phillip Small .... catering assistant
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant (uncredited)
Hugh O'Donnell .... location assistant (uncredited)
Sasisupa Sungvaribud .... assistant to production supervisor: Thailand (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Denis Cameron .... thanks
Murray Carmichael .... thanks (as Dr. Murray Carmichael)
Tim Carney .... thanks
Patricia Churchill .... thanks (as Pat Churchill)
Pat Coulter .... thanks (as Majot Pat Coulter)
Neil Davis .... thanks
Sylvana Foa .... thanks
Mervyn Jones .... thanks
Paul McCartney .... thanks
Sarah McLean .... thanks
John Norton .... thanks
Bruce Palling .... thanks
Adrian Stevens .... thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Bapty and Co.  armourer's employer
  • Blowup  stills processing
  • Camera Effects  opticals by
  • Coca-Cola Export, The  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as The Coca-Cola Export Corporation)
  • International Committee of the Red Cross  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as The International Committee for the Red Cross)
  • Joe Dunton Cameras  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as Joe Dunton Cameras Limited)
  • Lee Electric  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as Lee Electric Limited)
  • Location Caterers  catering
  • Mayflower Recording  adr recording
  • New York Times, The  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as The New York Times)
  • Olympus Optical  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as Olympus Optical {U.K.} Limited)
  • Optical Film Effects  opticals by (as OPTICAL FILM EFFECTS Ltd.)
  • Oxfam  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made
  • Pan Books  novel published by
  • People of Bangkok, Thailand, The  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as The People of Bangkok, Thailand)
  • People of Hua-Hin, Thailand, The  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as The People of Hua-Hin, Thailand)
  • People of Khao-I-Dang Refugee Camp, The  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as The People of Khao-I-Dang Refugee Camp)
  • People of Phuket, Thailand, The  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as The People of Phuket, Thailand)
  • Thai International Airways  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made
  • The Grip House  grip's employer
  • Thorn EMI Film Studios Ltd.  dubbing mixing
  • Toronto Star Newspapers (TSNL)  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made (as Toronto Star)
  • U.S. Marine Corps  our grateful thanks are due to the following without whose help and co-operation this film would not have been made
  • William F. White International  grip and lighting equipment
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
141 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After Haing S. Ngor's murder, his niece went to his apartment to start sorting through his possessions, only to find that his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for The Killing Fields (1984) was sitting on his sideboard with all the gold rubbed off it. Obviously the award meant so much to the doctor-turned-actor that he had felt compelled to hold it continually to the extent that all the gold wore off.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Sydney and his team are taken into custody by the Khmer Rouge, their watches are confiscated along with their cameras and the contents of their bags. In the very next clip, Sydney is shown still wearing his watch.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Sydney Schanberg: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...
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Soundtrack:
Band On The RunSee more »

FAQ

There are flashes of blue amongst the remains of the victims in the killing fields - what are those blue things?
While he's in the re-education camp, Pran says that he must have "no thoughts" - what does that mean?
Why do the Khmer Rouge use kids as guards in the camp? Why are the children so revered?
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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
All-time, no-holds-barred, 100% favourite, 30 March 1999
Author: Liam Fijf from Sydney, Australia

I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about this film that gets to me so much, but it is THE most haunting, emotional film experience... and I've only ever seen it on video.

Excellent performances from Waterston, Ngor and Malkovich. A brilliant score by Mike Oldfield. Scenes of high emotion, tension, drama, horror and even one or two pieces of light relief (well, it has got Australia's Graham Kennedy of comedy fame).

The stand-out scenes for mine are those in the French Embassy; I can never watch the final scene from this sequence with a dry eye.

An excellent film and the soundtrack is not a bad investment either.

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