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


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 sideshow struggle... foreign correspondent

of The New York Times.

It was there, amidst the fighting...

...between government troops

and the Khmer Rouge guerrillas...

...that I met my guide

and interpreter, Dith Pran...

...a man who was to change my life... a country that I grew to love

and pity.

So here we go

with Voice of America... for Southeast Asia.

It's 6:
45 and a partly cloudy

morning here.

Clouds too in Washington.

President Nixon announced he'll

address the nation on Watergate...

...within the next few days.

The speech will be Nixon's

first since May.

The scandal has caused resignations

and paralyzed the White House staff.

It has also led to intense

confrontation and perhaps...

...a constitutional crisis

with Senate investigators...

...and a special

Watergate prosecutor.

The speech was announced

after the Gallup Poll disclosed...

...that Mr. Nixon's popularity

had fallen to the lowest point...

...for an American President

in 20 years.

A Supreme Court judge,

William O. Douglas...

...has ruled against an appeal

by the Administration...

...for a stay of the injunction...

...on further U.S. Bombing

missions in Cambodia.

Congress has already ruled

these bombings illegal...

...and they should cease in one

week's time on August the 15th.

Let's go, Sarun!

To the hospital!

Information. Information.

Air Cambodia regret delays of arrival

of flight number 125...

...from Bangkok because

of bad weather.

Mister, you want taxi?

Mister, you want taxi?

Good taxi.

Shut the fucking blinds, will you?

What's all this shit?

I'm sorry.

I thought you were the houseboy.

I was developing some film.

If you're gonna yell, I'll come back.

I'm not feeling good.

Don't want to yell.

I want to be in a good mood.

The plane was late, no car.

I had to take a taxi here.

All I want to do is work.

I got you.

What the f*ck is that on your head?

It's a sanitary napkin.

I had it soaked in ice.

Syd Schanberg.

Is Pran there?

No, I just came from the airport.

Well, if he comes in,

would you tell him I'm here?

I'll be at the Caf Central, tell him.

Thanks a lot.

What do you want to eat?

Want some eggs?

I can't. Somebody told me they faint

with fright when you cook them.

- What do you want to eat?

- What are you having?

I'm having a caf complet.

I'll have that. And some aspirin.

Anything I eat has got to be

absolutely dead.

That's why I can never eat an oyster.

I read somewhere that they put...

...that lemon juice on them

just to stun them. You know?

What's the difference?

An unconscious oyster's just as

horrible as the fucker wide awake...

- My God! Look at this.

- Did you see that?

What was it? A rocket?

I don't know.

I saw a guy on a motorbike.

I've been looking for you.

I left a message for you.

I didn't get it. I took a cab.

- There is a big accident right now.

- What?

I think U.S. Drop many big bombs

on little city.

- U.S. Bombs? You're sure?

- I think many dead.

- Does anybody else know about it?

- Nothing at all.

We're going.

Not possible right now, Sydney.

Too dangerous.

Where you going, Schanberg?

Neak Luong.

Neak Luong's closed.

Don't give me that, Reeves.

You got nothing to say about this.

I got a right to go wherever I like

in this sad little country.

That's the law. You impede me, you're

breaking the Cooper/Church Amendment!

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