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On the Beach (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 17 December 1959 (USA)
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

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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IF YOU Never See Another Motion Picture In Your Life You Must See ON THE BEACH See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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Approved | See all certifications »

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17 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hora final  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

While the film was shot in 1959, it was set in 1964. The two most famous movies related to nuclear war also took place in 1964: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and Fail-Safe (1964). See more »

Goofs

Despite having a nuclear physicist aboard, the man going ashore at San Diego does not have his gloves or the cuffs of his anti-radiation suit sealed with tape. He also goes ashore and finds the transmitter key in the large refinery in under three-quarters of an hour, without carrying any portable radio direction finding equipment (unless that silly loop on his head is supposed to be it). Plus, the radio direction finder would only point to the transmitting antenna, not the telegraphy key itself. See more »

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[first lines]
Dwight Towers: Prepare to surface.
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and Introducing Donna Anderson See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Masters: A Conversation with Gregory Peck (1999) See more »

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Stand up Stand Up for Jesus
(uncredited)
Words by George Duffield Jr.
Music by George J. Webb
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Chillingly understated
30 November 1999 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

Is "under-wrought" a word? If so, this movie defines it. A great cast never seems like its acting in an all-too-realistic portrayal of the fifth Kubler-Ross phase of humanity. Past denial and anger, there is finally grim acceptance, replete with just the perfect sprinkling of gallows humour. The ultimate philosophical question is raised by author Nevil Chute,"What is truly important in life, if in the end, we're all dead?"


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