Cinema: Ordeal of a Heroic Survivor

THE KILLING FIELDS

Directed by Roland Joffé; Screenplay by Bruce Robinson

"This isn't a 1940s movie," Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) cries in one of the less deadly moments of frustration he suffers in The Killing Fields. One has to admire the honesty of a film that includes among its other acuities an intelligent capsule review of itself. For in recounting the tormented friendship of Schanberg, the New York Times correspondent who won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for his accounts of the fall of Cambodia, and his native assistant, Dith Pran (Haing S. Ngor), the...

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