The Killing Fields – Filtered

Theatrical Release: November 12, 1984
DVD Release: March 27, 2001
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Synopsis

An American citizen is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot’s bloody “Year Zero” ethnic cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million “undesirable” civilians.

Dove Review

“The Killing Fields” is emotional and moving. The actors held my full attention as this true life story was told. Because the events took place in war-torn Cambodia, there are many scenes with war-type violence, but it was either off-screen or portrayed without blood and gore. Other than the war violence, the movie was really pretty clean.

This was a fantastic story of friendship and survival. Although he had no formal acting experience, it is no wonder that Haing S. Ngor won an Academy Award for his role as Dith Pran. And, if you’ve never seen Sam Waterston in anything but “Law and Order” this would be the one to watch. A great movie, “The Killing Fields” earns Dove’s seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Implied executions, bombs and shooting, boy with blood on his face from a bomb that exploded and he then dies, a guy steps on a land mine.
Drugs: Guys drinking beer, guys smoking, people drinking champagne.
Nudity: A guy with bare chest.
Other: None

Info

Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Bruce Robinson
Director: Roland Joffé
Producer: David Puttnam
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 141 min.
Starring: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor