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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Release Date:
26 April 1988 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A drama series set at an American base during the Vietnam War. Rather than focusing on the battle scenes that made up most other portrayals of the war... See more »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 46 nominations See more »
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(122 articles)
User Reviews:
Dana Delany Shines See more (19 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 96)

Dana Delany ... Colleen McMurphy (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Michael Boatman ... Pvt. Samuel Beckett (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Robert Picardo ... Dr. Dick Richard (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Concetta Tomei ... Maj. Lila Garreau (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Marg Helgenberger ... K.C. Kolowski (61 episodes, 1988-1991)
Brian Wimmer ... Cpl. Boonie Lanier (61 episodes, 1988-1991)

Jeff Kober ... Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (57 episodes, 1988-1991)
Nancy Giles ... Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... (53 episodes, 1988-1991)

Troy Evans ... Sgt. Pepper / ... (28 episodes, 1989-1991)
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Series Directed by
Mimi Leder (13 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Sacret Young (12 episodes, 1988-1991)
Christopher Leitch (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael Fresco (4 episodes, 1989-1991)
Fred Gerber (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Ray Rhodes (4 episodes, 1989)
Rod Holcomb (3 episodes, 1988)
Steve Dubin (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Katleman (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Carol Flint (19 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Wells (18 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Sacret Young (15 episodes, 1988-1991)
Lydia Woodward (14 episodes, 1989-1991)
Susan Rhinehart (7 episodes, 1988-1991)
Josef Anderson (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
William Broyles Jr. (4 episodes, 1988)
Cathryn Michon (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Toni Graphia (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Alan Brennert (2 episodes, 1989)
Patricia Green (2 episodes, 1989)
Georgia Jeffries (2 episodes, 1989)
Paris Qualles (2 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
John Sacret Young .... executive producer (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
Geno Escarrega .... co-producer / producer / ... (56 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Wells .... supervising producer / producer / ... (55 episodes, 1988-1991)
Fred Gerber .... producer / coordinating producer / ... (38 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mimi Leder .... producer / supervising producer (38 episodes, 1989-1991)
Christopher Nelson .... co-producer / associate producer (25 episodes, 1988-1991)
Georgia Jeffries .... supervising producer (21 episodes, 1989-1990)
Patricia Green .... supervising producer (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
Barbara Marshall .... associate producer / co-producer (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
Carol Flint .... producer (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lydia Woodward .... producer (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Rod Holcomb .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1988)
John Lugar .... producer (6 episodes, 1988)
Darryl Levine .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Original Music by
Paul Chihara (54 episodes, 1988-1991)
Shirley Walker (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
John Rubinstein (2 episodes, 1988-1991)
Geno Escarrega (2 episodes, 1990)
Nathan Wang (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Cinematography by
Richard Thorpe (27 episodes, 1989-1991)
John J. Connor (21 episodes, 1988-1989)
Francis Grumman (11 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Erwin Dumbrille (17 episodes, 1988-1991)
Jacque Elaine Toberen (16 episodes, 1988-1991)
Christopher Nelson (8 episodes, 1988-1991)
Randy Jon Morgan (8 episodes, 1988-1990)
Irvin Paik (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
Deborah Romare (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Mort Fallick (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Casting by
John Frank Levey (60 episodes, 1988-1991)
Patricia Noland (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Production Design by
Stephen Myles Berger (14 episodes, 1989-1990)
James William Newport (7 episodes, 1988)
Scott Ritenour (3 episodes, 1988)
 
Series Art Direction by
Joe Wood (19 episodes, 1990-1991)
Chas. Butcher (13 episodes, 1988-1989)
Joseph M. Altadonna (4 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Costume Design by
Paula Lynn Kaatz (60 episodes, 1988-1991)
Darryl Levine (23 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Makeup Department
Susan Zietlow-Maust .... department head hair stylist (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Production Management
Fred Gerber .... unit production manager (41 episodes, 1988-1990)
Paul Marks .... unit production manager (19 episodes, 1989-1991)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chip Vucelich .... second assistant director / first assistant director (32 episodes, 1989-1991)
Paul Marks .... second assistant director / first assistant director (23 episodes, 1988-1990)
Michael Katleman .... first assistant director (17 episodes, 1988-1990)
Mark S. Glick .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 1990-1991)
Deborah A. Dell'Amico .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1988-1991)
Cynthia Convery .... second second assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Eric Jewett .... second assistant director / first assistant director (4 episodes, 1988)
Howie Horowitz .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1990)
Tom Davies .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Rory Romero .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Robert P. Cohen .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1989)
Sharon Mann .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1988)
Edward Crocitto .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Art Department
Craig Raiche .... property master (1 episode, 1988)
Ron Reedy .... property assistant (1 episode, 1989)
 
Series Sound Department
Lowell Harris .... production sound mixer (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
John Agalsoff Jr. .... boom operator (56 episodes, 1988-1991)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (31 episodes, 1988-1989)
Rusty Amodeo .... boom operator (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Walter Newman .... sound editor (9 episodes, 1988-1991)
Richard Van Dyke .... production sound mixer (6 episodes, 1988)
Don Cahn .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jim Cook .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Artie Torgersen .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Stunts
Charles A. Tamburro .... stunt coordinator / aerial coordinator / ... (56 episodes, 1988-1991)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry D. Knight .... electrician (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Randy Shanofsky .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (22 episodes, 1989-1990)
Tom D. May .... key grip (7 episodes, 1988)
Damon Marcellino .... lighting technician (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
Vilmos Zsigmond .... photographer: special interview sequences (2 episodes, 1989-1990)
 
Series Casting Department
Donna Isaacson .... casting: New York (1 episode, 1988)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Stewart .... set costumer (1 episode, 1991)
 
Series Editorial Department
Roger La Prairie .... telecine colorist (39 episodes, 1989-1991)
Randy Jon Morgan .... supervising editor (19 episodes, 1989-1990)
Marc Wielage .... telecine colorist (11 episodes, 1988)
Christopher Nelson .... supervising editor (2 episodes, 1988)
Neal Krone .... trailer editor (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Music Department
John Rubinstein .... composer: theme / composer: main title theme (60 episodes, 1988-1991)
Steve Livingston .... music editor (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Other crew
Bruce Nahin .... film commissioner (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
Michael E. Sexton .... location manager / production assistant (63 episodes, 1988-1991)
William Broyles Jr. .... executive consultant (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
Carol Flint .... executive story editor / story editor (39 episodes, 1988-1990)
Lydia Woodward .... executive script consultant (39 episodes, 1988-1990)
Josef Anderson .... story editor / executive story editor (29 episodes, 1989-1990)
Jan Rudolph .... script supervisor (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Nancy Lazarus .... assistant location manager (5 episodes, 1989)
Ann Donahue .... story editor (2 episodes, 1988)
Mimi Leder .... production consultant (2 episodes, 1989)
 

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Runtime:
60 min (60 episodes) | 120 min (pilot) | 120 min (series finale)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Several of the story lines and even some of the dialog were taken directly from the experiences and recollections of actual Vietnam era military nurses.See more »
Quotes:
Colleen McMurphy:Sex is a bad word, but it feels good. Love is a good word, but it hurts.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.46" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
ReflectionsSee more »

FAQ

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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Dana Delany Shines, 22 June 2003
Author: Max Brand from Toronto Ontario

The true star of China Beach goes out to Dana Delany who plays Nurse Colleen McMurphy on China Beach. She certainly played her role to a T which I'm sure certainly made her a star of what she is today. I had seen the Pilot series and one of my favorite scenes was when she was being a backup vocalist and everyone was cheering for her and she wasn't expecting that kind of reaction and you can see through her eyes that she was overwhelmed. In all of the episodes of China Beach this was my definate favorite episode which certainly set the stage for the TV Series which came out several months after the pilot. Dana is still a nice looking woman even though she's aged a bit she still is good looking.

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