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The Beach (I) (2000)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  11 February 2000 (USA)
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Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Daniel York ...
Hustler
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon ...
Hotel Receptionist
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Étienne
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Somboon Phutaroth ...
Cleaning Woman
Weeratham 'Norman' Wichairaksakui ...
Detective
Jak Boon ...
Travel Agent
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Zeph
Jerry Swindall ...
Sammy
Krongthong Thampradith ...
Woman with Key
Apichart Chusakul ...
Senior Farmer (as Abhijati 'Muek' Jusakul)
Sanya 'Gai' Cheunjit ...
Farmer
Kaneung 'Nueng' Kenia ...
Farmer
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Storyline

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. Written by Mike Arndt <clayton@hooked.net>

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map | paradise | travel | love | hotel | See All (184) »

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Paradise Found - Innocence Lost See more »


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Rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA)  »

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La playa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,418,321 (UK) (11 February 2000)

Gross:

$39,778,599 (USA) (5 May 2000)
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Trivia

The island was initially chosen by location scouts for Fox Studios not because of its astounding natural beauty, but because of its potential for a landscaping rethink. The script called for a clearing on the beach large enough to play football, so they bulldozed a whole heap of the native trees and vegetation. They also planted a hundred non-native palm trees just to get the right look, essentially introducing an exotic species to the island that could threaten to take over and effectively change the habitat forever. While the whole thing was an eyesore for the locals, the real damage didn't come until the filmmakers left the island. The usual seasonal storms hit the beach, but this time the sand dunes didn't have the protection of their natural vegetation. They collapsed immediately and washed out to sea, damaging the fragile coral reef on their way out.

Environmentalists were outraged and accused the filmmakers of bribing the Thai government to get around pesky legal issues; for instance, the National Park Act, which was specifically designed to prevent this exact sort of thing. The ugly back story is that Fox donated the equivalent of $100,000 to the Royal Forestry Development in Thailand; the normal fee for filming on the island is less than one percent of that. Magically, they were allowed the freedom to remodel the island as much as they pleased after the money changed hands.

Environmentalists were understandably furious. They sought legal action against Fox Studios, its local coordinator Santa International and Thai government officials. Seven years later, the court penalized the film company for unnecessary ecological destruction and ordered them to repair all environmental damage to Maya Beach, which is a nice sentiment until you consider that that's not just planting a couple trees. They are expected to rebuild the marine life population they wiped out, and these are people who couldn't tell the difference between types of palm trees.

In a fitting twist, the message of the movie is that trying to preserve an untouched paradise is futile. See more »

Goofs

After the shark attack there is a large trail of blood on the beach.... then all of a sudden it's pure white again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: My name is Richard. So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I'm from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit, something more dangerous. So after eighteen hours in the back of an airplane, three dumb movies, two plastic meals, six beers and absolutely no sleep, I finally touch down; in Bangkok.
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Referenced in Futurama: The Duh-Vinci Code (2010) See more »

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Beached
Written and Produced by Angelo Badalamenti
Remix and additional production by Orbital
Orbital appears courtesy of London Records
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Pretty good, despite all the bad reviews I've read
4 June 2000 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I went to this one, knowing that it could be crap, but hey, I do not care what others think and once again this way of thinking did not prove me wrong.

This flick is basically about a young twenty who goes away on a trip to Thailand by himself, because he wants to forget his past. There he meets a loony (Robert Carlyle) who gives him a map to a secret paradise. He asks two strangers, Françoise (Virginie Ledoyen who was really great in her first big American Film and good looking too by the way) and Etienne (Guillaume Canet) to come and join them.

After they have found the island they meet an alternative group who lives there and they join them, but after a while problems evolve and a minor 'hell' breaks loose.

This is the plain story-line of the movie, but there is so much more to it, it has a message and that really is what fascinated me a lot in the beginning and at the end. There was a good story there, but the way it was brought over, never really losing the actual message out of sight. Now believe me the direction, the soundtrack and the cast are good. There also is a bit gore, but it fits good in the movie and is not unnecessary.

Yet this film is not flawless, it was good entertainment over all, yes and it was very good in the beginning and in the end, but in the middle when Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio) loses it, so does the film and that is a shame. It is just too weird, too long and too incomprehensible (in the sense that the viewer himself doesn't know if it is real or not). It could have been so much better, but I guess it had to be.

NO MUST SEE BUT DEFINATELY WORTH A TRIP TO THE VIDEOSTORE OR TO THE CINEMA AT A DISCOUNT!!!!!!!!

7 out of 10

P.S. Don't agree?????, sue me!!!!!!!!!!! or mail me (see above)


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