The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
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Complete series cast summary:
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 Colleen McMurphy (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Pvt. Samuel Beckett (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Dr. Dick Richard (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Maj. Lila Garreau (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 K.C. Kolowski (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Cpl. Boonie Lanier (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (58 episodes, 1988-1991)
Nancy Giles ...
 Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... (54 episodes, 1988-1991)
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 Sgt. Pepper / ... (28 episodes, 1989-1991)
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Dateline: November 1967, within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach. This is the 'Nam, filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen Mc Murphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, in the forms of nurses, warriors, Donut Dollies, lifeguards, politicians, USO entertainers, Chopper Chicks, doctors, officers and enlisted men, brothers and sisters, Kool-Aid Kids, orderlies, medics, morticians, Army brass and one hostile prostitute named K.C. try to make sense of life and death in between bourbon, bullets and battles. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | War

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26 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Kineska plaža  »

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(60 episodes) | (pilot) | (series finale)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Troy Evans was actually a Vietnan veteran. During a reunion on Good Morning America he stated the show gave him a sense of closure. See more »

Goofs

It's clear from many different outdoor scenes that the series wasn't filmed in a jungle or in Southeast Asia. Many of the plants shown weren't native to Vietnam in particular , nor Southeast Asia in general. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Dick Richard: You wanna keep it down? I can't hear the war.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.197 (2006) See more »

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Reflections
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Written by Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland
Recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes
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1 March 2004 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

This was a very special show, one of television's finest moments. It saddens me that in an era of reality TV, we no longer have shows of integrity like this one. As with "Homicide: Life on the Streets," this show had more in common with film than it did with television. That may have been both shows' undoings, because plots require attention, etc. I'm puzzled that with "China Beach's" fan base that we haven't seen this show released on DVD. Emmy-winning performances, beautiful writing, and cinematography to match -- PLEASE GIVE US "CHINA BEACH" ON DVD!!! It would be an honor to add this one to my collection, and would give those who didn't have the pleasure of seeing it when it was new the chance to enjoy it.


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