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An 80s movie about war and friendship as an American journalist covers a war overseas and make friends with a native.

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Sam Waterston plays Sydney Schanberg, a New York Times journalist on assignment in Cambodia for the war in the movie The Killing Fields.

Schanberg meets Dith Pran (played by Haing S Ngor) and he becomes Schanberg’s interpreter and best friend in the movie The Killing Fields. Pran saves Schanberg from death and is able to return to the US where he writes the story on Dith Pran to earn a Pulitzer Prize.


Sydney Schanberg - Sam Waterston
Dith Pran - Haing S. Ngor
Alan 'Al' Rockoff, Photographer - John Malkovich
Jon Swain - Julian Sands
Major Reeves, Military Attache - Craig T Nelson
United States consul - Spalding Gray
Dr. MacEntire - Bill Paterson
Dr. Sundesval - Athol Fugard
Dougal - Graham Kennedy
Ser Moeum: Dith Pran's wife - Katherine Krapum Chey
Titony: Dith Pran's son - Oliver Pierpaoli
Sarun, Sydney's Driver - Edward Entero Chey
US Military Advisor - Tom Bird
Phat: Khmer Rouge leader: 2nd village - Monirak Sisowath
Phat's son - Lambool Dtangpaibool


Haing S Ngor, who played Dith Pran in the film The Killing Fields, was the first Southeast Asian to ever win an Academy Award in a supporting role.

In the movie The Killing Fields, the Coke Factory was really supposed to be the Pepsi Factory but Pepsi did not want to be represented in the film.

Academy Awards:

Sam Waterston won for Best Actor In A Leading Role for the role of Sydney Schanberg in Killing Fields, The.

Haing S. Ngor won for Best Actor In A Supporting Role for the role of Dith Pran in Killing Fields, The.

Roland Joff? won for Best Director for Killing Fields, The.

David Puttnam, Producer won for Best Picture for Killing Fields, The.

80's Film Facts:

The Movie Killing Fields, The was released to theatres on 11/02/1984 by Warner Bros., and grossed $34,609,720 at the box office in the US.

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