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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

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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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

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 actual beach is not totally surrounded and enclosed by mountains, hiding it from the sea. In fact, there is a large gap between two gigantic boulders, and the films editors superimposed a fake mountain there in post-production. See more »

Goofs

When Daffy interrupts Richard in his hotel room while sleeping, they never actually exchanged names. However, Daffy shakes Richards hand before he leaves and says "Hey Richard, nice knowing you." 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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Features There's Something About Mary (1998) See more »

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Snake Blood
Written by Neil Barnes, Paul Daley
Performed and Produced by Leftfield
Leftfield appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertaiment (UK) Ltd.
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An amazing film
12 February 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Danny Boyle did an exquisite job on this film. When I first learned that it was indeed a Danny Boyle film I was a bit disappointed that it didn't have any of his "original" cast members... the people that he always works with. When I learned that Robert Carlyle was in this, I was ecstatic. This film has so many wonderful points, I can't list them all. I'm just going to say that "enjoy your dinner Richard" was a classic cinematic moment. A great thing about this film is that it's a wonderful representation of a microcosm of todays society. It shows that no matter how hard you try to escape all the wrongs in life, and all of your daily annoyances, they'll still be there no matter where you escape to. This film doesn't go from beginning to end. It circles. There is no ending because their lives didn't end. Truly a supreme film. It is what one should expect from a man like Danny Boyle. Leonardo DiCaprio gives another amazing performance. It takes a wonderful actor to be able to portray an emotion such as insanity just with his eyes, and he did so wonderfully!


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