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. It has yet to be, and probably never will be, recovered.
Special Effects Failure: The effects in the movie are decent for the most part; which makes all the more jarring when in the scene in which the Khmer Rouge execute other captives in front of the main characters, the blood splatter from one man being shot is briefly rendered as a red blotch in very blatant 80s-quality CG. This is also the only time such effects were used.
Tear Jerker: Just about everything that happens to the Cambodian people at the time, especially the children.