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
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