10,000 BC

The Killing Fields (1984)
"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 "
An American citizen is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody
Sam Waterston Sydney Schanberg
Haing S. Ngor Dith Pran
John Malkovich Alan 'Al' Rockoff, Photographer
Julian Sands Jon Swain
Craig T. Nelson Major Reeves, Military Attache
Spalding Gray United States consul
Bill Paterson Dr. MacEntire
Athol Fugard Dr. Sundesval
Graham Kennedy Dougal
Katherine Krapum Chey Ser Moeum: Dith Pran's wife
Oliver Pierpaoli Titony: Dith Pran's son
Edward Entero Chey Sarun, Sydney's Driver
Tom Bird US Military Advisor
Monirak Sisowath Phat: Khmer Rouge 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 Sydney Schanberg's Sister
Jay Barney Sydney Schanberg's Father
Mark Long Noaks
Sayo Inaba Mrs. Noaks
Mow Leng Sirik Matah
Chinsaure Sar Arresting Officer
Hout Ming Tran Khmer Rouge Cadre: First Village
Thach Suon Sahn
Neevy Pal Rosa
Charles Bodycomb Jeep driver (uncredited)
Producer: David Puttnam
Writer: Bruce Robinson
One of the most beautiful and moving films ever made.
First of all I love this genre of movie; I'm not a huge fan of action or fantasy or romance movies, I have so-called "comedies" but I love genuine FILM, as in FILM not MOVIE; art as opposed to enterprise.

This film, The Killing Fields, is one of the defining films in it's class; based on the true story of an American journalist (one Sydney Schanberg) working in Cambodia and his guide/interpreter; a Cambodian named Dith Pran. When the Khmer Rouge (probably one of the most vicious and barbaric regimes in history) takes power the Westerners flee. The enterprising American, however, remains behind with his faithful guide (who sends his family off to America). This turns out to be a bad decision; through a series of misadventures Dith Pran cannot escape Cambodia and must remain behind while his friend flees. The movie weaves a wonderful tale of adventure, misadventure, loss, suffering, death, and reunion (in no particular order).

This movie is so beautiful and touching (and so very graphic) that one cannot help but be affected by it; a must-see, one of the defining movies on the subject of war as well as loss and certainly the most evocative film about the Khmer Rouge and the Viet Nam War in Cambodia. A beautiful film about war and tragedy but filled with hope throughout...

Nr of disks/tapes:2
User credit 1:1001 movies you must see before you die
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Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 8.0
Musician: Mike Oldfield
Running time: 141 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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