Beach Red (1967)

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As a US marine unit fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island, both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. MacDonald / Narrator
Sergeant Honeywell
Burr DeBenning ...
Patrick Wolfe ...
Jaime Sánchez ...
Colombo (as Jaime Sanchez)
Dale Ishimoto ...
Captain Tanaka
Genki Koyama ...
Colonel Sugiyama
Gene Blakely ...
Goldberg (Combat Cameraman)
Michael Parsons ...
Sergeant Lindstrom
Norman Pak ...
Dewey Stringer ...
Fred Galang ...
Lieutenant Domingo
Hiroshi Kiyama ...
Michio Hazama ...
Captain Kondo


American Marines storm ashore on a Japanese-held island and push inland while their enemy plans a counterattack, in this look at warfare. Fighting men on both sides are haunted by memories of home and the horrifying, sickening images they experience in combat. Written by Martin H. Booda <>

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18 November 1967 (Japan)  »

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In an interview with the British "Films and Filming" magazine in October 1970, director Cornel Wilde discussed his on-set methodology: "I used to find so often in Hollywood that there was nothing more tedious than waiting around. Many directors used a stereotypical system of master shot, medium shot, over-shoulder shots, and then close-ups, with long pauses in between for cameras and lights to be adjusted. I got to my dressing room to paint or write--anything to keep my mind alive. So now my policy is to keep three camera crews working simultaneously, so that actors can move from one set-up to the next without delay. I get the occasional protest, but it isn't easy for anybody to complain that I'm working them too hard, because they can see that I'm working harder than anybody else myself." See more »


Pvt. Cliff early in the film is seen using a Thompson sub-machine gun. Later, on the patrol, he carries am M-1 carbine. Marines do not simply change weapons. See more »


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Title Song
Sung by Jean Wallace
Written by Cornel Wilde (as Elbey Vid)
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2 April 2001 | by (Los Angeles, Calif.) – See all my reviews

This masterful, beautiful picture by the underknown and underrated Cornel Wilde is a haunting look at the combat experience. Depending on one's point of view, Terrence Malick either paid tribute to it or blatantly copied it in THE THIN RED LINE (1998). The movies are amazingly similar in the way they use flashbacks and voiceover narration (as characters' thoughts spoken aloud) to immerse the audience in the characters as they fight. I love both movies -- Malick's has things going for it that Wilde's doesn't, such as a physical beauty and a superb score -- but BEACH RED is in some ways the more powerful of the two. It's even more immediate. The voiceovers are less forced and don't really go into the philosophizing that the voiceovers in THIN RED LINE do. The effect is to keep the audience more focused on the combat itself. In short, BEACH RED is more emotional (whereas THIN RED LINE is emotional AND philosophical/metaphorical).

The way this movie opens with 30 minutes of pure combat on a beach is also similar to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. In fact, BEACH RED is something of a combination of that movie and THIN RED LINE. Spielberg and Malick surely must both have studied this picture carefully. The last 5 minutes of BEACH RED comprise one of the most haunting and powerful statements on combat I have ever seen. This is a movie that will leave you thinking for a long time.

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