The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by the intervening Vietnamese in 1979.

  1. Bruce Robinson


  2. Roland Joffé


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  1. Sam Waterston

    Sam Waterston

    Sydney Schanberg

  2. Haing S. Ngor

    Haing S. Ngor

    Dith Pran

  3. Craig T. Nelson

    Craig T. Nelson

    Major Reeves, Military Attache

  4. John Malkovich

    John Malkovich

    Alan 'Al' Rockoff, Photographer

  5. Athol Fugard

    Athol Fugard

    Dr. Sundesval

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The Killing Fields
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  • November 2, 1984


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 21m

Budget $14,400,000.00

Revenue $34,700,291.00

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