The Killing Fields: 30th Anniversary Edition


Remembering the Cambodian genocide

“Well, it’s been real,” observes John Malkovich’s photojournalist during The Killing Fields’ recreation of the US military’s air-evacuation of Phnom Penh in 1975. And, for the most part, Roland Joffe’s true-life drama devastatingly captures the horror of the Cambodian genocide.(It’s sad then that Rambo: First Blood Part II, released the same year, took four timesthe US box office).

From Bruce Robinson’s screenplay to Chris Menges’ photography, there are few bum notes here – save the occasionally intrusive score, and jarring use of ‘Imagine’ at the climax.

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