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%%* TheUnfettered: Khmer Rouge. %% Zero context

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%%* TheUnfettered: Khmer Rouge. %% Zero context* RunForTheBorder: After he escapes, Pran's only chance to survive is to leave Cambodia and to cross the Thai border.


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%%* TheUnfettered: Khmer Rouge. %% Zero context

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* EnfantTerrible: The kids who the Khmer Rouge have brainwashed are really dangerous and fearsome.


* ObfuscatingStupidity: Since the Khmer Rouge track and kill the educated, this is an important part of Dith Pran's and Dr. Haing S. Ngor's survival.

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Since the Khmer Rouge track and kill the educated, this is an important part of Dith Pran's and survival (for example, he has to pretend that he does not understand foreign languages). Dr. Haing S. Ngor's survival.Ngor, the actor who plays his role, also lived in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge rule and he had to use the same tactic.

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* CivilWar: During the first part of the film, between the Khmer Rouge and the Khmer Republic.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Even a Khmer Rouge leader like Phat cares for his son.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Phat is a Khmer Rouge leader, but he is sick of their extreme methods and he fears for the future of Cambodia under their rule.

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* BuriedInAPileOfCorpses: When he escapes, Pran falls in a large muddy hole. Suddenly he realizes with horror that it is full of corpses.


* SceneryGorn: The titular Killing Fields. Once Pran escapes, he goes through the countryside of Cambodia which have become under the Khmer Rouge rule an immense mass grave.

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* SceneryGorn: The titular Killing Fields. Once Pran escapes, he goes through the countryside of Cambodia which have has become under the Khmer Rouge rule an immense mass grave.

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* BilingualBonus: There are some lines of dialogue in Khmer and in French and they are not always translated.


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* MacGyvering: Al Rockoff is able to make of photograph of Dith Pran with the little equipment available in the French embassy. Unfortunately, the quality of fixer is so bad that the picture fades after a few days.


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* PenalColony: The whole Cambodian countryside is turned into this, with the Khmer Rouge keeping a watch on their numerous prisoners doing hard work.


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* WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities: Fortunately, Al Rockoff is a professional photographer, so he is able to make of photograph of Dith Pran with the little equipment available in the French embassy. Unfortunately, the quality of fixer is so bad that the picture fades after a few days.


* BasedOnATrueStory: Based on the real story of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Schanberg Sydney Schanberg]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dith_Pran Dith Pran]].



* EnemyCivilWar: The NVA versus the Khmer Rouge.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes/ EvenEvilHasStandards: Phat, the leader of the compound. He fears for the future of Cambodia under his Khmer Rouge masters, and trusts Pran with his son's safety.
* EvilerThanThou:[[spoiler: Phat's men start killing peasants at random shortly after the Vietnamese bombing raids. When he tries to tell them off, he is shot dead on the spot.]]

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* EnemyCivilWar: The NVA versus the Khmer Rouge.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes/ EvenEvilHasStandards:
DefectorFromDecadence: Phat, the leader of the compound. He is a Khmer Rouge leader, but he is sick of their extreme methods and he fears for the future of Cambodia under his their rule. Finally, he tries to oppose summary executions, [[spoiler:but he is killed by other Khmer Rouge masters, and trusts Pran with his son's safety.
fighters]].
* EvilerThanThou:[[spoiler: Phat's men start killing peasants at random shortly after EnemyCivilWar: Within the Vietnamese bombing raids. When he tries to tell them off, he is shot dead on communist side, the spot.]]NVA versus the Khmer Rouge.



* HannibalLecture: Rockoff gives Sydney one at an awards ceremony, accusing him of exploiting Pran to win his award. [[ShutUpHannibal Sydney chews him out in return.]]
%%* HeelFaceTurn: Phat.

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* HannibalLecture: Rockoff gives Sydney one at an awards ceremony, accusing him of exploiting Pran to win his award. [[ShutUpHannibal Sydney chews him out in return.]]
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HeelFaceTurn: Phat.Phat, the leader of the compound. He is a Khmer Rouge leader, but he is sick of their extreme methods and he fears for the future of Cambodia under their rule. Finally, he tries to oppose summary executions, [[spoiler:but he is killed by other Khmer Rouge fighters]].



* 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.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
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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.expansion.
** Rockoff gives Sydney one at an awards ceremony, accusing him of exploiting Pran to win his award. [[ShutUpHannibal Sydney chews him out in return.]]



%%* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized

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%%* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In the beginning of the film, Cambodia is under the dictatorial rule of the pro-US Khmer Republic and suffers the American bombings. The Khmer Rouge is TheResistance. Then, the Khmer Rouge takes power and the situation goes FromBadToWorse.



* SceneryGorn: The titular Killing Fields. Once Pran escapes that he goes through the jungles of Cambodia which become-
* SceneryPorn: with Thailand filling in for Cambodia.

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* SceneryGorn: The titular Killing Fields. Once Pran escapes that escapes, he goes through the jungles countryside of Cambodia which become-
have become under the Khmer Rouge rule an immense mass grave.
* SceneryPorn: with With Thailand filling in for Cambodia.



* YankTheDogsChain: Just when it seems Pran will be able to evacuate the embassy with the other journalists, his passport gets rejected. After all his efforts to save him, Phat's son is killed.

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* YankTheDogsChain: YankTheDogsChain:
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Just when it seems Pran will be able to evacuate the embassy with the other journalists, his passport gets rejected. rejected, because the picture has faded.
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After all his Pran's efforts to save him, Phat's son is killed.


%%* IntrepidReporter: Sydney and Pran.

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%%* * IntrepidReporter: Sydney is a passionate journalist. He investigates the American bombings and Pran.he chooses to stay in Cambodia after the evacuation of the American embassy. Pran chooses to stay too, even if he knows that the Khmer Rouge will oppress the intellectuals and his family takes refuge in the US.



%%* MeaningfulEcho: "Mercedes, number One !"

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%%* * MeaningfulEcho: "Mercedes, Pran gives a Mercedes emblem to a young FANK soldier, who says "Mercedes number One !"one!". Later, a Khmer Rouge Guerrilla cuts Pran loose and tells him "Mercedes number one!", which reveals that he is the same man who has gone over to the other side.



* PapaWolf: Pran, whose children are all in America, tries his hardest to protect Phat's son [[spoiler:who ends up getting killed anyway.]]

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* %%* PapaWolf: Pran, whose children are all in America, tries his hardest to protect Phat's son [[spoiler:who ends up getting killed anyway.]]]] %% This is not his son.
* RealPersonEpilogue: In the epilogue, the photographs of the real Sydney Schanberg and Dith Pran are shown.



%%* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue

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%%* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: In the epilogue, the current position of Sydney Schanberg, Dith Pran and the Khmer people is told.
* WhiteMansBurden: Dith Pran, a Cambodian journalist, is left in Cambodia, while Schanberg is evacuated from the French embassy. Schanberg does eveything he can to save Dith Pran. {{Subverted|Trope}}, because Schanberg cannot do anything useful. Dith Pran saves himself.

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* HopeSpot: The Americans seem to finally create a photo for Pran's fake ID, but the image fades by the time it's presented.


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 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.]] Will Schanberg find Pran? Will Pran succeed in reaching out of hell?

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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 friends, until the Khmer Rouge army finally takes power over the whole Cambodia and enter in enters Phnom Penh. They both take refuge in the French embassy, along with the remaining Westerners from Phnom Penh and thousands of scared Cambodians, before the Khmer Rouge force forces 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.]] Will Schanberg find Pran? Will Pran succeed in reaching out of hell?


A 1984 British film by French director Roland Joffé (director of ''Film/TheMission''), ''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 Cambodian doctor who [[MetaCasting actually lived under the Khmer Rouge regime and escaped]], and went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor[[note]]the only actor of Asian origins ever to do[[/note]]. It also stars Creator/SamWaterston (who was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards) and Creator/JohnMalkovich. The soundtrack was composed by Music/MikeOldfield.

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A 1984 British film by French director Roland Joffé (director (the French director of ''Film/TheMission''), ''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 Cambodian doctor who [[MetaCasting actually lived under the Khmer Rouge regime and escaped]], and went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor[[note]]the only actor of Asian origins ever to do[[/note]]. It also stars Creator/SamWaterston (who was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards) and Creator/JohnMalkovich. The soundtrack was composed by Music/MikeOldfield.


A 1984 British film by French director Roland Joffé (director of ''Film/TheMission''), ''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 Creator/SamWaterston (who was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards) and Creator/JohnMalkovich. The soundtrack was composed by Music/MikeOldfield.

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A 1984 British film by French director Roland Joffé (director of ''Film/TheMission''), ''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 Cambodian doctor who [[MetaCasting actually lived under the Khmer Rouge regime and escaped]], and went on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.Actor[[note]]the only actor of Asian origins ever to do[[/note]]. It also stars Creator/SamWaterston (who was nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards) and Creator/JohnMalkovich. The soundtrack was composed by Music/MikeOldfield.

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