The Killing Fields Poster

Release Date: 1984

DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2001

R|2 hr 21 min

Plot Summary
New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) is on assignment covering the Cambodian Civil War, with the help of local interpreter Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor) and American photojournalist Al Rockoff (John Malkovich). When the U.S. Army pulls out amid escalating violence, Schanberg makes exit arrangements for Pran and his family. Pran, however, tells Schanberg he intends to stay in Cambodia to help cover the unfolding story -- a decision he may regret as the Khmer Rouge rebels move in.

Cast: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich, Julian Sands, Craig T. Nelson, Spalding Gray, Bill Paterson, Athol Fugard

Director: Roland Joffé

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: International Film Investors, Enigma Productions, Goldcrest Films International

Keywords: Wife, New York City, Sacrifice, Emotional, Inspiring, Rescue, Escape, Friendship, 1970s

Awards

Winner Cinematography
Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Winner Film Editing
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1984)