The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
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1991   1990   1989   1988  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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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

The run of this show overlapped with the run of the NBC series Quantum Leap. Both programs featured a main character named "Samuel Beckett"--a name that is most associated with the Irish playwright ("Waiting for Godot," "Endgame," "Happy Days") and novelist who is widely considered to be one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. 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

Colleen McMurphy: Sex is a bad word, but it feels good. Love is a good word, but it hurts.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Famous Names Week 5 (2009) 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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Excellent drama about Vietnam nurses, doctors, soldiers
16 July 1999 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

This is the popular and much acclaimed "China Beach" TV series. Dana Delany has the role of her life playing Colleen McMurphy, a dedicated triage nurse in Vietnam. This is not a war action movie, but rather a drama about the lives of Vietnam soldiers and the nurses, Red Cross "Donut Dollies", and USO entertainers who are there for them. Dana Delaney is stunning in the role of McMurphy -- this alone would make this a classic. In addition, the deep respect and understanding shown for the Vietnam GI's sets this apart from most of the other Vietnam movies. This is a movie that people who weren't in Vietnam should watch to get a better appreciation for the men and women who served there. For those who were there, this movie is a token of respect and appreciation for your service.


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