History Film / TheKillingFields

12th Jun '16 12:08:04 PM Mdumas43073
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A 1984 British film by French director [[Film/TheMission Roland Joffé]], ''The Killing Fields'' is based on journalist Sydney Schanberg's account of UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}}'s Khmer Rouge regime from his article, ''The Death And Life of Dith Pran.'' The role of Pran was portrayed by Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a non-actor who went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. It also stars Sam Waterston and Creator/JohnMalkovich.

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A 1984 British film by French director [[Film/TheMission Roland Joffé]], ''The Killing Fields'' is based on journalist Sydney Schanberg's account of UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}}'s Khmer Rouge regime from his article, ''The Death And and Life of Dith Pran.'' The role of Pran was portrayed by Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a non-actor who went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. It also stars Sam Waterston and Creator/JohnMalkovich.



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23rd Feb '16 3:10:32 AM CrowTR0bot
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sydney devotes the majority of his journalism award acceptance speech to outlining just how little the American Government valued Cambodia's well-being except as a pawn against Communist expansion.
21st May '15 4:27:41 PM LtFedora
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While the Khmer Rouge wages war against the Cambodian government, American journalist Sydney Schanberg meets Cambodian journalist and interpret Dith Pran. They cover the war together and become friend, until the Khmer Rouge army finally takes power over the whole Cambodia and enter in Phnom Penh. They both take refuge in French embassy, along with the remaining Westerners from Phnom Penh and thousands of scared Cambodians, before the Khmer Rouge force all male Cambodians out and others are evacuated. In America, Schanberg wins the Pulitzer for his coverage while Pran endures the ultimate nightmare of the new government's [[ThePurge Killing Fields.]]

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While the Khmer Rouge wages war against the Cambodian government, American journalist Sydney Schanberg meets Cambodian journalist and interpret Dith Pran. They cover the war together and become friend, friends, until the Khmer Rouge army finally takes power over the whole Cambodia and enter in Phnom Penh. They both take refuge in French embassy, along with the remaining Westerners from Phnom Penh and thousands of scared Cambodians, before the Khmer Rouge force all male Cambodians out and others are evacuated. In America, Schanberg wins the Pulitzer for his coverage while Pran endures the ultimate nightmare of the new government's [[ThePurge Killing Fields.]]
14th Mar '15 4:10:05 PM LordGro
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%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Syndey and Pran.
* HolidayInCambodia: Subverted - You ''did not'' want to be in Cambodia during this time period.

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%%* HeterosexualLifePartners: Syndey Sydney and Pran.
* HolidayInCambodia: Subverted - You ''did not'' want to be in Cambodia during this time period.
Pran.
14th Mar '15 4:07:30 PM LordGro
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* RealitySubtext: Dr. Haing S. Ngor himself survived the Killing Fields, which helped well in his Oscar-winning role.
14th Mar '15 4:06:24 PM LordGro
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* ForegoneConclusion: The answer to the third paragraph is yes.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Phat.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Syndey and Pran.

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* IntrepidReporter: Sydney and Pran, of course.

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* MeaningfulEcho: "Mercedes, number One !"
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Since the Khmer Rouge killed the educated, this was a ''very'' important part of Dith Pran's and Dr. Haing S. Ngor's survival.

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* %%* MeaningfulEcho: "Mercedes, number One !"
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Since the Khmer Rouge killed the educated, this was a ''very'' is an important part of Dith Pran's and Dr. Haing S. Ngor's survival.



* TheReveal: When Pran uncovers the titular Killing Fields.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized
* TheUnfettered: Khmer Rouge, of course.

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* YankTheDogsChain: Just when it seems Pran will be able to evacuate the embassy with the other journalists, his passport gets rejected.
** [[spoiler: And after all his efforts to save him, Phat's son is killed.]]
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* YankTheDogsChain: Just when it seems Pran will be able to evacuate the embassy with the other journalists, his passport gets rejected.
** [[spoiler: And after
rejected. After all his efforts to save him, Phat's son is killed.]]
killed.
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26th Nov '14 3:12:57 PM JoeyMH
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* Chekhov'sGunman: The young FANK soldier Pran gives the Mercedes emblem to ("Mercedes Number 1!") later cuts Pran loose, although this time as a Khmer Rouge Guerrilla.

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* Chekhov'sGunman: ChekhovsGunman: The young FANK soldier Pran gives the Mercedes emblem to ("Mercedes Number 1!") later cuts Pran loose, although this time as a Khmer Rouge Guerrilla.
26th Nov '14 3:10:29 PM JoeyMH
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*Chekhov'sGunman: The young FANK soldier Pran gives the Mercedes emblem to ("Mercedes Number 1!") later cuts Pran loose, although this time as a Khmer Rouge Guerrilla.
27th Oct '14 2:47:22 AM morane
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* TheUnfettered: Khmer Rouge, of course.
3rd Oct '13 1:00:44 PM MarkLungo
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-> ''"The wind whispers of fear and hate. The war has killed love. And those that confess to [[StateSec Angkar]] are punished, and no one dare ask where they go. Here, only the silent survives."''
-->--'''Dith Pran.'''

A 1984 British film by French director [[Film/TheMission Roland Joffé]], The Killing Fields is based on journalist Sydney Schanberg's account of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime from his article, ''The Death And Life of Dith Pran.'' The role of Pran was portrayed by Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a non-actor who went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. It also stars Sam Waterston and Creator/JohnMalkovich.

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->''"The
wind whispers of fear and hate. The war has killed love. And those that confess to [[StateSec Angkar]] are punished, and no one dare ask where they go. Here, only the silent survives."''
-->--'''Dith Pran.'''

Pran'''

A 1984 British film by French director [[Film/TheMission Roland Joffé]], The ''The Killing Fields Fields'' is based on journalist Sydney Schanberg's account of Cambodia's UsefulNotes/{{Cambodia}}'s Khmer Rouge regime from his article, ''The Death And Life of Dith Pran.'' The role of Pran was portrayed by Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a non-actor who went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. It also stars Sam Waterston and Creator/JohnMalkovich.



* HollywoodHistory: Pran's time in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge was even worse than the way it was portrayed on film. The movie leaves out the times he was tortured, and presents a rosier picture of his eventual escape, since it shows him going straight to Thailand and the Red Cross when in fact before that he was found by the Vietnamese and made a village chief before escaping again before they found out about his American ties. And while the film does show his wife and children surviving and getting out [[note]] Though he later divorced his wife[[/note]], in RealLife Pran still lost 50 other members of his family, including his three brothers and his sister.

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* HollywoodHistory: Pran's time in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge was even worse than the way it was portrayed on film. The movie leaves out the times he was tortured, and presents a rosier picture of his eventual escape, since it shows him going straight to Thailand UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} and the Red Cross UsefulNotes/TheRedCross when in fact before that he was found by the Vietnamese and made a village chief before escaping again before they found out about his American ties. And while the film does show his wife and children surviving and getting out [[note]] Though he later divorced his wife[[/note]], in RealLife Pran still lost 50 other members of his family, including his three brothers and his sister.
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