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Beach Red (1967)

Approved | | Drama, War | 18 November 1967 (Japan)
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 <booda@datasync.com>

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It waves no flags and beats no drums. It just pulls the pin on a grenade and throws it - Catch! See more »


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18 November 1967 (Japan)  »

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Playa roja  »

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The movie has only one musical element. This is a song written by Antonino Buenaventura and sung by Jean Wallace. It also is heard in other variations throughout the film. See more »


Pvt. Egan is always eating cans of beans using white plastic spoons. Up until Vietnam only metal spoons were used. See more »


Referenced in Conker: Live and Reloaded (2005) See more »


Title Song
Sung by Jean Wallace
Written by Cornel Wilde (as Elbey Vid)
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There are 100 'Ryans', but only one of these.
11 June 1999 | by (Plymouth, England) – See all my reviews

This is a strange, moving and beautiful film. It bears a great ressemblance to the 98 Thin Red Line,( down to the colour of the tall grass and racial/social background of the officer )and yet they're both from novels by different authors. This is presumably a tribute by Malick.

What puts this film in very select company is its attitude to its subject. By its elegant use of stills, flashbacks, repetition and multiple voice-over it shatters the lie of the boys-own adventure and invites us to consider the combat as part of life. If in our experience of life someone takes to slaughtering someone else, it gives us pause for thought.

Accordingly, the usual overheated so-called 'dramatic' plot where everything is subjugated to the 'who wins?' question is replaced here by something subtler, reflective, one side certainly wins, but this occupies our thoughts little compared to feelings about what these men are engaged in.

I'd love to know the tradition this film springs from, it's not a a satire like 'Dr Strangelove'and it doesn't have the psychological portrait of 'Full Metal Jacket' thought it does have echoes in the later half of that film. The immediacy of the combat scenes is like the end section of 'On The Fiddle' with Sean Connery.

Beach Red looks with a rare, cool gaze at the war, this allows us to feel the emotion that is there. What a shame that Spielberg is too frightened to pay us that respect, instead the crass manipulation of fodder such as 'Ryan' stiffles the expression of any thought or feeling.

So it's great that they made Beach Red (and The Thin Red Line ) so that we can see there's more to the world!

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