On the Beach

On the Beach

DVD - 2000
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When the entire Northern hemisphere is destroyed in an atomic war, the residents of Melbourne, Australia, realize that it is only time keeping them safe before a cloud of radioactive materials reaches their part of the world too. The film tells how they prepare for this tragic end.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : MGM Home Video, c2000.
ISBN: 9780792843610
0792843614
Branch Call Number: FIC On 3578au 1
DVD FIC On
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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BBRUTTIG
Jun 03, 2019

A very good movie about the last survivors of WW 3 planet wide nuclear holocaust surviving in Australia; the nuclear radiation cloud that is slowly creeping towards Australia to extinguish all humans. A great cast and plot of struggling last humans in AU. awaiting their fate from WW3 nuclear war fallout. G. Peck and A. Gardner were fabulous in their characters. FLUBS: Most of the crew of the sub were the actual crew of AU. sub used in filming, the HMAS ANDREWS and they had AU. accents if you listen carefully. When Peck asks his crew if they want to travel back to the USA at the end, the crew member answering him has a thick AU. accent saying they want to go back to the USA. The USA Navy refused to endorse this movie so the production team moved everything to AU including AU.'s ships & subs. Gardner & Perkins are supposed to be Aussies but they don't even try an Aussie dialect accent. The sub flies the USA flag but it is actually the HMAS conventional submarine Andrews.

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richmole
Nov 24, 2018

till packs a punch, close to 60 years after its original release, in 1959. And that's saying something.

What OTHER movies did I--and millions of others--line up at the box office to see that year? John Wayne in Rio Bravo, Hitchcock's North By Northwest, Disney's Sleeping Beauty, Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, A Nun's Story. Oh, and last, but certainly not least (in fact, as far as Oscars were concerned, certainly "most"): Ben Hur. Something for almost everyone. On The Beach? Something for almost no one. Cost less than $3 million to make (Ben Hur? Over $15 million) but STILL lost over 800,000 dollars. Box office line-ups were few...and short. And it wasn't just the competition. People don't like movies that pack a punch--aimed at the whole of mankind. Which includes you and me. Big-name stars couldn't save this one.

The US Department of Defense decided to duck the punch and refused all co-operation. Obviously, somebody near the top had read Neville Shute's "most-shocking" (San Francisco Chronicle) "most haunting" (New York Times) novel depicting nuclear annihilation and recoiled in disgust. Half-way through filming, the author recoiled in disgust, too--because he didn't like the changes. Ah, well. One thing Producer/Director Stanley Kramer didn't change was the ending, which, the LA Times reported, "Leaves you tearful and disturbed." Well, who needs that??

Over half a century later, mankind's still here. But, not for long, judging by a lot of current movie fare. Apocalyptic flicks are now a dime-a-dozen (although many cost a heck of a lot more than that.) So, what's that say? Moreover, what does it say that the "major motion picture" movie-goers avoided in droves is STILL remembered--and watched today? Right along with those other block-buster "classics."

Sadly, then as now--topical and timely.

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Onewhoissaved
Jun 18, 2018

I was 13 years old when my mother and I saw this film at a neighborhood movie house. I remembered for all these years the scene where Ava Garner struts her stuff walking on the pier while all the men on the U.S. Sawfish stare at her charms. No one was embarassed and no one looked away. The world we lived in then was much, much more aware of nuclear weapons than the current generation. WWII with two nuclear bombs dropped on Japan was very fresh in our minds. The movie in the theater was 134 minutes long with no intermission. This time I had the luxury of being able to pause the film. DVD somehow cheapens the experience of meaningful watching. Life doesn't work on pauses. I can not imagine standing in line to get my 'suicide pills' to prevent radiation poisoning. I have read some of the other comments from people who don't appreciate what this story means to the common world we live in.

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Calvacade
Feb 27, 2016

Ok-it's a movie about an impending apocalypse- made in 1959.

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SpaceAngel
Feb 18, 2016

Released in 1959 - "On The Beach" is actually a fairly thoughtful version of Nevil Shute's novel about Australians awaiting the effects of nuclear fallout from an explosion that has depopulated the rest of the world.

This film features an all-star cast which includes - Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Ava Gardner and Anthony Perkins, to name but a few.

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hyde2012
Feb 12, 2016

Umm.. ya... what's with this system that tells us this is a 2014 movie/dvd... really a pain...

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akirakato
Dec 09, 2015

This is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic SF produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, based on Nevil Shute's 1957 novel of the same name depicting a nuclear war and its aftermath.
During 1964, in the months following World War III, the conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout, killing all life there.
Air currents are slowly carrying the fallout south.
The only areas still habitable are in the far reaches of the southern hemisphere.
The first half of the film ran so slowly without any interesting or chilling actions that I got unbearably bored.
The romance between the captain and the Ava Gardner character looks unrealistic and overacting---even silly.
Fred Astaire doesn't tap-dance at all.
Although the film seems uneventful, I understand at least the theme: "There is still time, Brother."

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judydehen
Nov 29, 2015

"On the Beach" fascinates me. Now that we are in the grip of abrupt climate change, we may see a similar scenario unfold. We may see an increase in risky behavior such as insane car races. We are certainly seeing denial. My hope is that our beloved Oregon extends the Death with Dignity statute so that we can opt out of suffering at the end of human civilization.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 13, 2014

The end of the word may be many things, but I never thought it'd be so dull. Based on the equally dull novel by Nevil Shute, "On the Beach," which probably seemed very of the moment in the 50s, is set in a post-nuclear war world where somehow Australia has survived. And for some reason, a car race plays a big part in the plot. I guess, what else are you gonna do? There are some eerire shots of empty San Francisco streets and this was one of the first Hollywood productions to be filmed in Australia. The cast is good, but three out of four of them are laboring under bad accents: Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, Fred Astaire. Gregory Peck is the lead. Stanley Kramer, who was known for his preachy, message movies ("The Defiant Ones," "Inherit the Wind") directs.

voisjoe1 Mar 03, 2014

On the Beach is based upon a novel by Nevil Shute that deals with the aftereffects of nuclear war. We don’t see any of the war, but we do see the aftereffects as the radioactive fallout drifts across the globe. The book is on many college prep lists and, amazingly still today, some of the science deniers in Congress actually suggest that a little fallout (from tactical nuclear weapons) is not that bad at all. Today we have an additional problem - climate change. So we the people have increased our ability to end human life on earth. Before we could do it with nuclear weapons (or nuclear plant accidents) , but now we can do it also with out of control climate change.

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