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On the Beach (1959)

 -  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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The movie was filmed in 1959. For one year (July 4, 1959 - July 4, 1960) the US flag had 49 stars. In the opening scene a 49 star flag can be seen flying from the submarine. See more »

Goofs

When the Sawfish is in San Francisco, the periscope camera focuses in on the Ferry Building, showing 'Port of San Francisco' and clock. The clock says approx 8:10 am. That it is morning is true because the sun is shining on the ferry building and clock - both face east. However Capt. Dwight Towers says that it will be dark in an hour. That cannot be true if it is 8 am. This is not a goof because 8:10 is not the current time, but the time when the clock lost power after the war. See more »

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[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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A great Tour de Force by a fine cast, interpreting a great story
13 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie in a USAF chow hall on the island of Makung in the China Strait with about 20 other airman. The year was 1960. We were stationed there on a missile site. Our targets were 7 Chinese missile sites. Their target was us.

I was 22 years old and immortal.

Until I watched this movie.

When the movie ended, I will never forget the fact that no one moved for perhaps 10 minutes. There was just the bright, blank screen and the sound of the end of the film going around and around. Thiketa-thicketa-thicketa................... No one ever said a word about what we had just seen.

We, or at least I, never forgot this movie. As said earlier, it was more than scary. It was sad.

It seems strange now, 40 some years later, to be telling people that you really should watch this film and watch the masters at work, with a script that is chilling. And you know what? We still haven't outlived the possibility...........


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