A very touching film that recounts the excesses of the Khmer Rouge during the 1970's regime of Pol Pot. This is the most important film that recounts the instability of South Eastern Asia and is on a par with other classics such as Deer Hunter and Apocalpyse Now.
The scene where Dith Pran's photo disappears as he is about to leave Cambodia, leaves an indelible indication of his ensuing fate.
The performances all around superb without exception. Haing S. Ngor, who was tragically killed a few years ago, delivers a riveting, emotionally wrenching turn as the guide who is trapped in Cambodia and forced to fight for his life. He deservingly won the Oscar, though it's a shame he was snubbed for the best actor award. Inarguably, he's the film's central character and he also has more screen time than top-billed Sam Waterston. Despite my complaint on that matter, Waterston is also excellent as the journalist with a guilty conscience.
The Killing Fields is a suspenseful and exhilarating experience, a journey through an apocalyptic landscape that features one shocking image after another. Watch, and you'll see why the film is so acclaimed.