YMMV / The Killing Fields

  • Anvilicious: Though Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Admit it, when Sydney finally arrives at the refugee camp and meets Pran, and the two men hug while "Imagine" plays, it's a definitive example of this trope, even if you don't like the song.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The film's even more tragic now after Haing S. Ngor, who survived the Khmer Rouge and played a fellow survivor, was gunned down by punks in an L.A. parking garage. And why? They wanted the locket he swore never to part with—a locket that held the picture of his wife, who had been killed by the Khmer Rouge.
  • Hell Is That Noise: About a third of the way through, there's a sequence of helicopters flying accompanied by... well, we won't call it music.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Summary executions. Forced labor. Child soldiers. Mass graves. The most terrifying thing about all this is that it all actually happened.
    • And we don't even see any of the horrible torturous acts that Cambodians inflicted to themselves.
  • Tear Jerker: Just about everything that happens to the Cambodian people, especially the wounded civilians. And the children.