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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

thailand | map | paradise | travel | hotel | See All (181) »


Somewhere on this planet it must exist. 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?


Lars Arentz-Hansen and Robert Carlyle's characters' names Bugs and Daffy are an homage to Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. See more »


The fish Richard catches in the water with his spear is rather big and has no stripes, but when he raises his spear in the air and screams, the fish is relatively smaller and has stripes. 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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Neon Reprise
Written by Simon Shackleton and Howard Saunders
Performed by Lunatic Calm
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Do not miss this movie just because of its low rating
5 July 2005 | by (Bulgaria) – See all my reviews

Recently a friend of mine watched "The Beach" after I told him my favorite quote (i.e. "Never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never cease to be polite, and never outstay your welcome"). He enjoyed the movie a whole lot and told me he hadn't watched it before because of it's low IMDb rating. That's when I decided to register here and post a comment - I hope I help someone else to watch the movie because it is worth a watch. What I personally like so much about this movie is that it is not just plain vanilla. It actually makes sense and can be a starting point for new thoughts and ideas - something I truly appreciate in a movie.

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