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One of the most memorable, eye-opening, poignant, and tearful movies I've ever seen in my life still remains in my mind's eye. The music, the story, the turmoil lingers still today. It's haunting. It's based on a true story. It's biographical. It's a war zone...torn country, and the bedlam and disquietude of one man's life during his stint as an aide/interpreter to a New York Times Photographer and Writer, Sydney Schanberg. During the uprising of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The aide is Dith Pran. Played by Haing S. Ngor.
The movie, Killing Fields, was in theaters in 1983-84. Nominated for Oscar's Best Picture and winner of Best Supporting Actor [Haing S. Ngor], it carries us through the ordeal and strife of survival and the ugliness of war and people of the Khmer Rouge. It won Best Film through the BAFTA.
A couple of weeks ago, the REAL Dith Pran died. It was another moment in life where I stopped and contemplated what it was about. Again, the soundtrack still haunts my soul each time I hear it. The very end of the movie, the most tear-jerking segment...John Lennon's song, "Imagine" plays during the last two or three minutes of the reunion....and well into the movie credits. I remember the silence of the theater. Everyone. EVERYONE was dumbfounded. We all remained in our seats. There wasn't a sound to be heard and not one left til the screen turned black. And I also remember as the patrons left...we filed out in silent reverie. It was that profound. It begins with the group of photographers from America and around the world covering the war....the meeting of Dith Pran...the way he helped get Sydney 'smuggled' into an area for an exclusive coverage of an American coverup, the exile from Cambodia [including Pran's wife and family], his capture by the Khmer Rouge, his escape, death and killing fields....and lastly a reunion ---and then, the Music:

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one.


It's one movie I'll never EVER forget.

Another note, Dith Pran died just weeks ago. But the man who played his character in the movie [the one you'll see in the movie stills], Haing S. Ngor, was murdered in his home in California years ago....a robbery that took place at his home...he was shot and killed.

This week for my Thursday Thirteen I took photo stills of the movie as I watched it one more time on the VHS we still have. [and it's still just as powerful as always]---








...and #13 is a pencil sketch caricature of Pran/the actor pleading to the Khmer Rouge not to kill him. I drew this the very moment we got back from seeing the movie the first time.



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And if you have an extra 2 hrs. 20 min. you can watch it online these days --

Watch "The Killing Fields" Movie


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As most of you know, I started the Blog Roll for 'senior bloggers'....bloggers over 50. It's continuing to grow in membership. Nearly 100 last count. AND there is one particular blog that has really captured my attention [not that it's the ONLY one]...it's just a new blog recently added. It's just days old and I've visited a couple of times already and I'm truly in awe of his work! It's photography...and I've enjoyed my short visits. This is one of many that I plan to 'highlight'. His Blog is Vital Muse....

Then, keep on the lookout for other blogs highlighted in the future!!!





I've also started a list of winners on the Bloggers Over 50 Sidebar.

48 comments :

  1. great posting.thanks for this one.
    How do I join the blogger over 50

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I've heard of this movie, but I've not seen it. Great sketch!

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  3. Thanks for coming by Miller Manor. Happy TT!
    TM

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  4. It is a powerful film, I too recommend it ...

    Happy TT and have a great rest of the week.

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  5. It's a long time since I saw that movie but it stayed with me for a long time.

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  6. Your review of the movie is wonderful. It's topping my list of must-sees as of right now. God bless.

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  7. I know I saw this movie many years ago - will have to watch it again!

    And yes, I know you love visitors!

    Smiles,

    Holly
    http://theabundanceplace.com

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  8. Hi Anni!

    Thanks so much for the recognition on the over 50 Blogroll -- quite exciting for me as a new blogger. We have a few other things in common, I notice as I look through your blog: Your favorite poem -- I wrote and recorded a song based on it called "Miles to Go" back in 1996 that ended up in the hands of Frost's descendants through a radio station in Vermont. They approved of the treatment, and I still perform that song. Also -- your Obama support is something I share, and have since the 2004 convention. Small world. Thanks again -- I shall return to your blog often.

    Paul

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  9. I sobbed throughout that movie - it's good to remember it again.
    Thanks.

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  10. I have never seen The Killing Fields. It is meaningful and I only do shallow and silly. Life is too serious.

    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo
    http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog

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  11. Leaving you some bloggy love. Great TT! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  12. Wow... that's quite the post tonight Anni. Happy T13!!

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  13. Whoof!! As a dog I can't play woof the VCR or DVD players. My paws are just too big to hit the right buttons. Bark!!

    Happy Thursday!

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  14. I've not seen the movie yet although I heard it was very good, you've convinced me to see it, very moving post!

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  15. Great movie review sweetie, and your sketch is awesome. I have always loved that song Imagine. Take care, you are one great lady.

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  16. I've heard of the movie but haven't seen it. I'll have to check it out!

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  17. I've never seen the movie :D Seems interest

    Will you visit mine Thanks

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  18. Unfortunately I don't know this movie at all ! but it must have been a very good film because it impressed you so much !

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  19. I haven't seen, The Killing Fields, but based on your review I'm adding it to my list of movies to see. Thanks. I’m featuring writing tips from Anne LaMott’s Bird By Bird, which isn’t all that old, but is a classic. http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com

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  20. Oh how I remember that impact and the shocking sadness i was very young and could not begin tounderstand

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  21. Guess I have a new movie I need to check out.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  22. I hadn't heard about this movie until today. "Imagine" is such a powerful song, it often leaves me with tears in my eyes...

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  23. I have not seen this movie, but have heard about it!! Also i stopped over to see your new over 50 blogger that you like and gave the award too. He does have a great site. I don't see many men blogging but then maybe I have just not been to many of them. Hope that your day is going great. I am at work..AGAIN!! When will this "part time" job become part time again!! Smile
    Sandy

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  24. I haven't seen The Killing Fields in many years, but it moved me tremendously.

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  25. I remember when this movie first came out. I was too young to watch it them but I think I need to watch it now.

    Thanks for reminding me.

    Have a great day!

    ~Harris.

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  26. I have always meant to sit and watch it, I have never heard anything but powerful reviews. Now I feel the need to even more...

    Thanks for stopping by my 13. Oh, I did add a picture of Kingston to the post, so you can go back and see the little guy if you want!

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  27. Happy TT, I have never seen this movie but you make it sound like a good choice

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  28. Thanks for passing along the warning this morning because on these ‘meme days’ we do sometimes visit bloggers we’ve not heard of before … and it’s good to be reminded to exercise caution.

    What a wonderful T-13 … reminding us all of this amazing film … including the link to the actual movie itself. Powerful post well done!!! I’ll check out Vital Muse (and the ‘list of winners’ in your sidebar as time pemits … perhaps later today ;--)

    Hugs and blessings,

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  29. Thank you, thank you, Anni, for posting on the Killing Fields and Dith Pran. The movie was wonderful the situation it portrayed horrible! Thanks for reminding us all!

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  30. Anni,

    Thanks for the virus warning. I always delete anything I'm wary of. It's a good policy to have, as there's more than one doing this, I believe.

    The Killing Fields was an awesome movie. I saw it a few years ago when hubby rented it. It's a movie everyone should see. And John Lennon's "Imagine" is a beautiful song.

    In answer to your question, I should be able to get email from you now. Please send one when you get the chance. I didn't get your email and then realized I wasn't getting any from my Editor and that's not good. I sincerely hope it's fixed.

    Have a wonderful day.
    Mary

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  31. Hmmm... well... nope... I haven't seen it. I've always loved "Imagine" though... does that count??? Okaaaaay... I'll ADD it to my list of things I MUST see if I EVER lay comatose in a hospital and must depend upon television for my soul entertainment!

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  32. Thanks for stopping by! I'll have to check out this movie, never seen it before!

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  33. I haven't seen the movie, but I remember when it came out and all the publicity it generated.

    Great TT! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  34. i remember seeing the movie while i was young and i think i got nightmares for some nights...

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  35. interesting tt. i've never seen it.

    she
    http://www.shebecameabutterfly.net

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  36. That sounds like a movie that would have me bawling!

    I don't know what happened with the game...it was PAINFUL to watch. We ended up turning it off in the 8th. Sigh...

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  37. I've never seen the movie, and it sounds like a difficult movie to watch. That was a nice tribute to it though. It's amazing what a profound effect things can have on us for so many years. That's success in filmmaking right there.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Profound. I have a really hard time watching movies like that. Believe if or not it's easier for me to read about it, even tho' in books there is much more detail. Must be the visual effects it has on me.

    Thanks for stopping by.
    Brenda :)

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  39. I love John Lennon's Imagine. It's one of my favorite songs. I've never seen the film, but I do remember some of its iconic images.

    Happy TT!

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  40. What a powerful post! I must confess I've never seen this film on purpose. I was sure the images would be unforgettable, as were the ones I saw on the news everyday. Sometimes you just can't absorb one more ounce of someone else's pain.

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  41. I have to agree with Brenda. I usually find more emotional things easier to understand and deal with where there's only the author's words and my imagination working together instead of the imagery and music manipulating my emotions as I find in so many films lately.

    I remember when this one came out and we rented it. Powerful movie.

    Happy TT!
    http://impulsivehearts.wordpress.com/

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  42. And here I thought reminding folks of Billy Joe McAllister was enough to prompt nightmares ;)

    As songs go, at least Imagine is more hopeful.

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  43. Never seen this film, but I think I might check it out by Netflix it *grin*. Thanks for 13 clips of the film ;)

    And thanks for warning on blog virus and visiting my blog. I hope you come back and visit me again :)

    Julia-Yen

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  44. What in the world? People are infecting blogs now via comments! How sad! How are you doing? Just stopping by to say hi. I'll back as soon as I can to catch up on your blog :)

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  45. Dear Anni ~~ Wonderful post about a
    very sad state of affairs. I did not see this movie either as it would have been too much for me. Your sketch was very good. Glad you enjoyed the story of the Shoes, as I did. I have left an award for you on my blog. Take care, Love, Merle.

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  46. I've never seen "The Killing Fields," although I've heard so many great things about it...I really should. What a great idea to take still pictures with your camera! Great post, Hootin' Anni.

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  47. John Lennon's Imagine is my favorite song!:) Loved ur TT

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  48. Wow, I feel like a dope...I've never seen this movie!

    Thanks for stopping by:)

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