A Day at the Beach (1972)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  May 1970 (UK)
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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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Credited cast:
Mark Burns ...
Winnie (as Beatrice Edney)
Fiona Lewis ...
The Collector
Joanna Dunham ...
The Salesman (as A. Queen)
Graham Stark ...
Eva Dahlbeck ...
Cafe Proprietress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lily Bacberg ...
Benny Bundgaard ...
Delivery Man
Lise Dietrich ...
Louis' Girlfriend
June Eelli ...
Gypsy Woman
Grith Fjeldmose ...
John Franklyn ...
Shopkeeper (as John Franklin)


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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Comedy | Drama





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Also Known As:

Dzien na plazy  »

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Beatie Edney receives an "introducing" credit. See more »


Referenced in The Unknown Peter Sellers (2000) See more »

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An Oddity
16 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This very peculiar movie, undoubtedly the most obscure in Roman Polanski's filmography, surfaced from its vault at Facets Multimedia in Chicago for a week's run a number of years ago. I don't believe it had ever been released before, and not too many people saw it in Chicago either. The extremely savvy film buff that I saw A Day at the Beach with hated the movie; but I, perhaps perversely, kind of liked it for its offbeatness and shabby atmosphere. Polanski wrote the screenplay and was originally set to direct this tale of a man wandering through a rundown British seaside resort and encountering odd characters. Although it can't be considered a major or fully successful piece of work, the movie deserves to be available. It continues to nag at my memory in a way that many better films don't. Its "lost" status lends a certain mystique to the film in and of itself, of course; we buffs are always intrigued by the fruit just out of reach.

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