The Killing Fields

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Roland Joffé
Production: Warner Home Video
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 24 wins & 22 nominations.
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141 min

Well, up the Cooper/Church

Amendment's ass!

Let's go!

So how can I help you, Mr. Schanberg?

I'm looking for information on why

my airplane was delayed this morning.

- Your plane was delayed?

- That's right.

I don't know. Maybe it's

bad weather. Your flight's...

You don't know anything about it?

No, I don't.

All right.

Then I'd like you

to listen to something...

...and then I'd like a comment.

This morning, for reasons beyond

anybody's control...

...I spend two hours in Bangkok

staring at a seat belt sign.

Meanwhile, my sources tell me...

...two Army helicopters are landing

here, just across the airfield.

Half the ambulances in Phnom Penh

are waiting there to meet them.

And now there's a rumor that

the U.S. Air Force dropped a bomb...

...or several bombs, on Neak Luong.

That's a rumor, and I'm not gonna

comment on a rumor.

I just want to know if that's the

reason why my airplane was delayed!

No comment.

How many killed?

How many wounded?

Thank you for your cooperation,

Major Reeves.

When I scrape this story out, I will

no doubt be quoting you in full!

I'm sorry.

This is just not good enough.

This is a big story...

...a major story, you understand that?

We've got to get down there!

- I know, but...

- I don't want to hear "no"!

I want to get down that river!

We should be down there now!

I'll be here.

Good night, Sydney.

- Messages?

- No, sir.

No, sir.

I'd talk, but it's been

a heavy day and I've got to go.

Let's get together again soon, okay?

- Bob?

- See you.


Hello, Sydney. Good night, Sydney.

- Listen, I can't talk with you.

- You can talk to me.

The embassy is jittery.

Get information from a press officer.

Let's not start insulting each other.

Good night, Sydney.

All right, good night.

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Bruce Robinson (born 2 May 1946) is an English director, screenwriter, novelist and actor. He is arguably most famous for writing and directing the cult classic Withnail and I (1987), a film with comic and tragic elements set in London in the 1960s, which drew on his experiences as "a chronic alcoholic and resting actor, living in squalor" in Camden Town. more…

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