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A Day at the Beach (1972)

| Comedy, Drama | May 1970 (UK)
Bernie, a self-destructive alcoholic, is given watch over his niece Winnie. He tests the patience of the various people he knows and Winnie is often left on her own.

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Credited cast:
Mark Burns ...
Bernie
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Winnie (as Beatrice Edney)
Fiona Lewis ...
Melissa
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Nicholas
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The Collector
Joanna Dunham ...
Tonie
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The Salesman (as A. Queen)
Graham Stark ...
Pipi
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Cafe Proprietress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lily Bacberg ...
Barmaid
Benny Bundgaard ...
Delivery Man
Lise Dietrich ...
Louis' Girlfriend
June Eelli ...
Gypsy Woman
Grith Fjeldmose ...
Passer-by
John Franklyn ...
Shopkeeper (as John Franklin)
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Bernie, a self-destructive alcoholic, is given watch over his niece Winnie. He tests the patience of the various people he knows and Winnie is often left on her own.

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Lost for 20 years due to a "paperwork error" by Paramount Pictures. Was tracked down in 1992. See more »

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Version of A Day at the Beach (1984) See more »

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Intriguing air of quirkiness
29 January 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite being centred around English characters and attitudes and comprising mainly British actors, this off-beat film is set and filmed in Denmark which gives it an intriguing air of quirkiness. The film maintains interest, even if the main character is too prone to making lengthy theatrical speeches. Ultimately though, the film does not satisfy because whatever message the film is putting across is too obscure.

Technically the film is a bit disappointing. Scenes do not flow well and the dialogue sounds as if it was almost entirely post-dubbed (not surprising because the film was shot mainly on location in pouring rain). Other than interior scenes, the dialogue has an unpleasant "dead" studio sound.

Roman Polanski's script has similarities with the dialogue contained in some of his other off-beat films such as Knife in the Water, Cul-de-sac but the direction, by Simon Hesera, lacks the sort of flair and style which Polanski always brings to his films.


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