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On the Beach (1959)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  17 December 1959 (USA)
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

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In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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17 December 1959 (USA)  »

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A Hora Final  »

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$2,900,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Ava Gardner's first film as a freelance actress after completing her 20 year studio contract where she worked for a weekly salary and didn't benefit financially from being loaned to other studios. She was now free to choose her roles and negotiate her salary. See more »

Goofs

In the film, only Australia is said to still support human life after the atomic war: a nearly impossible scenario, but very definitely stated. Yet when Peter, at the beach, asks the doctor for help in getting the suicide pills, he mentions that they already have them at "Moresby and Darwin". Port Moresby is in New Guinea; therefore, if life exists only in Australia, the issue of suicide pills should never have arisen in that town. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dwight Towers: Prepare to surface.
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Onward, Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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The last shore
13 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

The French title is "le dernier rivage"(the last shore)The intellectuals dismiss this movie in France and I've always thought they were wrong.Ava Gardner had never been better with the eventual exception of Huston's "night of the iguana".My favorite part is the central one:one of the soldiers tries to find the cause for the strange Morse signals.He crosses bleak dead San Francisco harbor (the camera takes prodigious high angle shots of him,making us share his loneliness and his hope against hope)Hope that was to be short-lived!What a symbol,this equivalent of a bottle thrown into the sea!So few special effects,ans so much emotion.Stanley Kramer's peak.


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