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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:
Daniel York ...
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon ...
Hotel Receptionist
Somboon Phutaroth ...
Cleaning Woman
Weeratham 'Norman' Wichairaksakui ...
Jak Boon ...
Travel Agent
Jerry Swindall ...
Krongthong Thampradith ...
Woman with Key
Apichart Chusakul ...
Senior Farmer (as Abhijati 'Muek' Jusakul)
Sanya 'Gai' Cheunjit ...
Kaneung 'Nueng' Kenia ...


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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Plot Keywords:

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


Innocence never lasts forever. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La playa  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,418,321 (UK) (11 February 2000)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two of the beaches (Ko Phi Phi Leh and Phuket in Thailand) where this was filmed were affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26 December 2004. See more »


When Richard and Francoise swim out to the glowing plankton and start kissing they are in deep water, when they rise to the surface they are able to stand. See more »


[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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References Banjo-Kazooie (1998) See more »


Written and Performed by New Order
Produced by Rollo & New Order
New Order appears courtesy of London Records
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Very good
27 October 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'll be brief. I didn't want to watch 'The Beach' because of the bad reviews, but when I accidentally came across it while surfing through the channels, I couldn't stop watching.

If you're young and have a thing for interesting stories, you'll love this one.


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