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The Beach -- Not quite ready to surrender himself to responsibility or mainstream society, a young American travels to Asia and discovers he is not alone in his feelings.
The Beach -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Leonardo DiCaprio ... Richard
Daniel York ... Hustler
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon ... Hotel Receptionist

Virginie Ledoyen ... Françoise

Guillaume Canet ... Étienne

Robert Carlyle ... Daffy
Somboon Phutaroth ... Cleaning Woman
Weeratham 'Norman' Wichairaksakui ... Detective
Jak Boon ... Travel Agent

Peter Youngblood Hills ... 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
Somchai Santitharangkun ... Farmer
Seng Kawee ... Farmer (as Kawee 'Seng' Sirikanerat)
Somkuan 'Kuan' Siroon ... Farmer

Paterson Joseph ... Keaty

Zelda Tinska ... Sonja

Victoria Smurfit ... Weathergirl

Daniel Caltagirone ... Unhygenix

Peter Gevisser ... Gregorio

Lars Arentz-Hansen ... Bugs (as Lars Arentz Hansen)

Tilda Swinton ... Sal
Lidija Zovkic ... Mirjana
Samuel Gough ... Guitarman
Staffan Kihlbom ... Christo
Jukka Hiltunen ... Karl
Magnus Lindgren ... Sten
Myriam Acharki ... Beach Community Member
Andrew Carmichael ... Beach Community Member
Josh Cole ... Beach Community Member

Hélène de Fougerolles ... Beach Community Member

Bindu De Stoppani ... Beach Community Member

Stacy Hart ... Beach Community Member
Nina Jacques ... Beach Community Member
Sheridan Jones ... Beach Community Member (as Sheriden Jones)
Gunilla Karlson ... Beach Community Member
Sian Martin ... Beach Community Member
Isabella Seibert ... Beach Community Member
Elizabeth Thomas ... Beach Community Member
Michael Thorpe ... Beach Community Member
Timothy Webster ... Beach Community Member
Ramon Woolfe ... Beach Community Member

Saskia Mulder ... Hilda
Simone Huber ... Eva
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju ... Sumet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irmelin DiCaprio ... Woman in Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Danny Boyle 
Writing credits
John Hodge (screenplay)

Alex Garland (novel)

Produced by
Andrew Macdonald .... producer
Callum McDougall .... co-producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Darius Khondji 
Film Editing by
Masahiro Hirakubo 
Casting by
Gail Stevens 
Production Design by
Andrew McAlpine 
Art Direction by
Ricky Eyres 
Suchartanun 'Kai' Kuladee  (as Kuladee Suchatanun)
Rod McLean (supervising art director)
Ben Scott 
Set Decoration by
Anna Pinnock 
Costume Design by
Rachael Fleming 
Makeup Department
Jutiporn 'Pie' Aranyaputi .... assistant makeup artist
Glenda Clarke .... hair stylist: Patterson Joseph
Nicola Clarke .... hair colorist
Mark Coulier .... prosthetics designer
Polly Earnshaw .... makeup artist
Watana Garum .... assistant makeup artist (as Wattana 'Keng' Garum)
Richard Glass .... contact lens optician
Sian Grigg .... makeup artist: Leonardo DiCaprio
Jeerapa 'Aoy' Hassachai .... assistant hair stylist
Duncan Jarman .... prosthetics technician
Sallie Jaye .... chief hair stylist
Sallie Jaye .... chief makeup artist
Simon Rose .... prosthetics assistant
Tapio Salmi .... hair stylist
Jemma Scott-Knox-Gore .... contact lens technician
Matthew Smith .... prosthetics technician
Paul Spateri .... prosthetics supervisor
Barbara Taylor .... hair stylist
Barrie Gower .... prosthetic makeup technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Jo Burn .... unit production manager
Piya Pestonji .... production manager
Santa Pestonji .... production supervisor
Clare St. John .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ussawadee 'Moo Dang' Eamsakul .... third assistant director (as Usarawadee 'Moo Dang' Eamsakul)
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director (as Nick Heckstall Smith)
Tippawan Mamanee .... third assistant director (as Tippawan 'Paew' Mamanee)
Andrea Slater .... third assistant director
Richard Styles .... second assistant director
Charlie Sungkawess .... first assistant director: Thailand
George Walker .... assistant director: second unit
George Walker .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Balfour .... property master
Ray Barrett .... construction manager
Peter Browne .... stand-by stagehand
Penchan 'Pet' Buranasamut .... props buyer (as Penjan 'Pet' Buranasamut)
Stephen Challenor .... hod carpenter
Suriya Chaowanich .... greens department interpreter
Jesada 'Jest' Chitchaseon .... interpreter: props department
Sanong 'Nid-Noy' Chomtha .... dressing propman
Sumsak Chuenchooluck .... chargehand dressing propman (as Somsak 'Ood' Shuenchooluck)
Marlon Cole .... stand-by propman
Charles Cottrell .... stand-by painter
Fred Crawford .... hod rigger
John Davey .... painter
Jack Dyer .... construction buyer
Gordon Fitzgerald .... props storeman
Alex Garland .... cartographer
Louis Glickman .... model maker
Kevin Harris .... assistant construction manager
Robin Heinson .... painter
Nipol Hongsithipong .... dressing propman (as Sipon 'Ni' Hongsithipong)
Vasu Kantatham .... construction coordinator (as Vasu 'A' Kantatham)
Suttirat Anne Larlarb .... art department assistant (as Suttirat 'Anne' Larlarb)
Banchong Limtong .... dressing propman
Stephen McGregor .... carpenter: re-shoot
David Meeking .... hod painter
Pol Muangnum .... chargehand dressing propman (as Pol 'Paul' Muangnum)
Phred Palmer .... assistant set decorator
Phred Palmer .... buyer
Ross Palmer .... horticulturist
Boonsong Promjarune .... painter
Russell Prosser .... stand-by rigger
Mickey Pugh .... supervising stand-by propman
Tiwa Punprasert .... greensman: island
Pippa Rawlinson .... assistant art director
Denis Rich .... concept artist
Ray Roffe .... stand-by plasterer
Prapol Sangasai .... dressing propman (as Prapol 'Nong' Sangsai)
Visit Sathirakorn .... construction foreman
Toby Shears .... armoury props
Jim Stanes .... storyboard artist
William Stickley .... stand-by carpenter (as Will Stickley)
Kitiya Subpason .... assistant construction buyer
Narongrit 'Suea' Tangphoncharone .... dressing propman
Paul Tappin .... hod plasterer
Boontawee Thor Taweepasas .... construction foreman (as Boontawee 'Tor' Taweepasas)
Gregor Telfer .... stand-by propman: second unit
John Wells .... props supervisor
Oscar Wilson .... scenic artist
Paul Couch .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christopher Ackland .... foley editor
Peter Baldock .... sound effects editor
Paula Borham .... foley artist
Sandy Buchanan .... adr mixer
Derek Casari .... adr engineer
Adam Daniel .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Farr .... adr mixer
Stan Fiferman .... foley artist
Steve Finn .... sound maintenance
Glenn Freemantle .... sound designer
Glenn Freemantle .... supervising sound editor
Susan French .... assistant dialogue editor
Nina Hartstone .... foley editor
Max Hoskins .... supervising dialogue editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Peter Lindsay .... sound recordist
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Ray Merrin .... sound re-recording mixer
Nigel Mills .... dialogue editor
Malcolm Rose .... boom operator
Tom Sayers .... assistant sound editor
Lyle Scott-Darling .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Jean Sheffield .... foley artist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Kevin Tayler .... foley mixer
Andy Thompson .... adr mixer
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clive Beard .... special effects supervisor
Steve Cullane .... senior special effects technician
Ramli Bin Md. Derus .... special effects technician
John Fontana .... special effects technician
Darrel Griffin .... studio manager: CFC
Po Ketkorn .... special effects technician
Chanin 'Nin' Kitiwongsunti .... special effects laborer
Boonsong 'Song' Neamsaad .... special effects laborer
Nigel Nixon .... computer video playback buyer
Wiroj 'Roj' Nu .... special effects technician
Chalermpol 'Pol' Pan .... special effects technician
David Payne .... senior technician: shark
Anton Prickett .... technician: shark
Sutin 'Porn' Rakhan .... special effects laborer
Kevin Rogan .... special effects technician
Carlos M. Rosas .... senior character animator
Watcharachai Panichsuk Sam .... special effects administrator (as Watcharachai 'Samson' Panichsuk)
Ian Thompson .... special effects technician
Prajuab Yasuk .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Richard Clarke .... 3D designer: CFC
Dayne Cowan .... 3D designer: CFC
Adrian De Wet .... digital effects designer: CFC
Luke Drummond .... video to film editorial: CFC
Richard Ducker .... 3D designer: Framestore
Robert Duncan .... digital effects supervisor: CFC
Ian Fellows .... digital paint artist: CFC
Adam Glasman .... scanning and recording operator: CFC
Dan Glass .... digital effects designer: CFC
Sally Goldberg .... 3D designer: CFC
Ruth Greenberg .... digital effects coordinator: CFC
Jan Hogevold .... scanning and recording producer: CFC
Daren Horley .... 3D designer: Framestore
Drew Jones .... digital effects producer: CFC
Matt Kasmir .... video to film operator: CFC
Alec Knox .... senior technical director: Framestore CFC
Siobhan Lo .... digital paint artist: CFC
Scott Marriott .... scanning and recording operator: CFC
David Marsh .... technical director: Framestore CFC
Justin Martin .... 3D designer: CFC
Chris Monks .... 3D designer: CFC
Stephen Murphy .... 3D designer: CFC
Mark Nettleton .... digital effects designer: CFC
Tim Osborne .... video compositor: Framestore
Dominic Parker .... head of 3D: CFC
Alex Payman .... digital paint artist: CFC
Carlos M. Rosas .... senior character animator: Framestore
Geraldine Swayne .... video to film operator: CFC
Kat Szuminska .... digital effects designer: CFC
Jon Thum .... digital effects designer: CFC
Steve Tizzard .... scanning and recording operator: CFC
Gavin Toomey .... digital effects designer: CFC
Simon Carr .... digital artist: Hula Boy Ltd @ CFC (uncredited)
Oliver James .... research and development (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera (uncredited)
Ole Dieter Sturm .... computer graphic artist (uncredited)
Joey Box .... stunts
Marc Boyle .... stunt coordinator
Gary Connery .... stunts
Jamie Edgell .... stunts
Eunice Huthart .... stunts
Pitak Janvijit .... stunt performer
Somjal Jonmoontee .... stunt performer
Seng Kawee .... stunt coordinator: Thailand (as Kawee 'Seng' Sirikanerat)
Natapong Pumchang .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Asmode .... camera assistant: Flying-Cam
Bob Bridges .... video playback operator
Stuart Bridges .... video playback assistant
Robin Brigham .... electrician
Fred Brown .... rigging gaffer
Narong 'Jom' Charoensuk .... rigging electrician
Andre Chemetoff .... camera trainee (as André Chemetoff)
Ian Coffey .... clapper loader
Adam Dale .... aerial camera operator
Peter Davey .... video assist operator: underwater unit
Peter Davey .... video playback operator: underwater unit
Steve Davis .... gaffer: second unit
Shaun Evans .... focus puller
Dave Freeth .... libra technician
Christopher Goodwin .... camera assistant: underwater unit
Graham Hall .... camera operator: "b" camera
Graham Hall .... focus puller: "a" camera
Kittiwat 'Jack' Hanprab .... grip
Khanayutt 'Yoi' Ihamihe .... rigging electrician
Yothin 'Yo' Jaiboon .... practical electrician
Natta 'Nat' Janyersiri .... practical electrician
Kris 'A.' Khanchanaphet .... rigging electrician
Adun La-ong-orn .... grip
Brett Matthews .... focus puller: second unit
Andrew Mossman .... camera maintenance
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
Phil Murray .... grip
Giles Nuttgens .... camera operator: second unit
Voranon Paipad .... clapper loader: second unit (as Voranont Paipad)
Steve Pattenden .... rigging electrician (as Stephen Pattenden)
Gary Pocock .... key grip
Louis Prezelin .... camera operator: Flying-Cam
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Sommay Saengsinchai .... electrician (as Sommat 'Aud' Sangsinchai)
Veera Sakornkan .... electrician (as Veera Sakronkun)
Panya 'Bang Odd' Sangsuay .... generator operator
Tid 'Sun' Sarmsaeng .... video playback assistant
Alex Scott .... gaffer
James Scott .... clapper loader: underwater unit
Gordon Segrove .... focus puller: underwater unit
Robert Shacklady .... focus puller: underwater unit
David Smith .... gaffer: second unit
Chesda 'Pop' Smithsuth .... gaffer: Thailand
Charun 'X.' Srisumpun .... electrician
David Storey .... pilot: Flying-Cam
Arkom 'Tom' Tangkhatok .... electrician
Sombat Tiyasutthiporn .... electrician (as Sommbat 'Jime' Tiyasuttiporn)
Mike Valentine .... underwater director of photography
Jimmy Waters .... grip
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician: Wescam
John Wright .... electrical rigger
Nathan Spencer .... consultant: wireless director assist (uncredited)
Casting Department
William Davies .... casting assistant: UK (as Will Davies)
Kate Dowd .... casting: Paris
Maureen Duff .... casting assistant: UK
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Raweeporn 'Non' Srimonju .... casting: Thailand
Krongthong Thampradith .... casting assistant: Thailand
Jon Nguyen .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pateeya Gunsrivieng .... laundress
Steven Noble .... costume supervisor
Panjaporn 'Imm' Pearkpun .... cutter/fitter
Supawan Rodkird .... costume assistant (as Supawan 'Toi' Rodkird)
Mutita Na Songkla .... costume supervisor (as Mutita 'Air' Na Songkla)
Rachanok 'Nok' Sup-Aree .... laundress
Kate Towns .... costume assistant
Natalie Ward .... costume mistress
Kowit 'Bom' Wises .... costume runner
Esme Young .... costume maker
Editorial Department
Denton Brown .... second assistant editor
Steve Harrow .... post-production consultant
Paul Knight .... first assistant editor: film
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Catriona Richardson .... editor trainee
Paul Swann .... laboratory contact
Kathy Thomson .... digital colorist
Mark Waddell .... color timer
Neil Williams .... first assistant editor: film
Music Department
Hugo Adams .... assistant music editor
Barry Adamson .... composer: additional score
David Arch .... musician: keyboards
Angelo Badalamenti .... orchestrator
Clem Clempson .... musician: guitars
Geoff Foster .... score mixer
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Ben Georgiades .... score recordist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Jake Jackson .... score recordist
Will Johnstone .... additional programmer
Mike Knobloch .... music executive
Phil Marshall .... conductor
Phil Marshall .... musician: electronics
Gerard McCann .... music editor
Jenny O'Grady .... choral coordinator
William Pearson .... score recordist (as Bill Pearson)
William Pearson .... score synth programmer (as Bill Pearson)
Frank Ricotti .... musician: percussion
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Marni Sanders .... copyist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Pete Tong .... music supervisor
Mark Tucker .... music recording engineer
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation (uncredited)
Paul Kegg .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Phil Allchin .... transportation manager: UK
Arthur Dunne .... transportation coordinator
Woradet Em-Eam .... transportation captain (as Woradet 'Nui' Em-Eam)
Boriboon Jarurongkawatana .... transportation captain (as Boriboon 'Boon' Jarurongwatana)
Thanadech 'Ben' Thananorrakarn .... action vehicle coordinator
Other crew
Jennifer Allen .... aerial unit
Janpen 'Jeab' Artayakul .... production assistant
Daniel Bailey .... zodiac captain (as Danny Balley)
Teera Banditwong .... safety diver: underwater unit
Rhodes Barton .... zodiac captain
Carey Berlin .... production runner: UK
Judy Britten .... production coordinator
Charn Chatpatumthong .... craft service supervisor
Cornel Chin .... trainer
Orapin 'Tim' Chuenchorn .... production rushes courier
Sujin Chumnina .... location assistant
Sarah Clark .... unit publicist
Elaine Dawson .... accounting assistant
Michael Douglas .... dock/barge master
Penny Dyer .... voice coach
Andrew Eio .... computer playback operator
Timothy Evans .... medical consultant (as Dr. Timothy Evans)
Kathy Ewings .... assistant accountant
Cyril Gibbons .... health and safety consultant
Bill Glesne .... marine administrator
Christopher Goodwin .... diving supervisor: underwater unit
Nick Imm .... unit doctor (as Dr. Nick Imm)
Steve John .... safety diver: underwater unit
Bobbie Johnson .... financial controller
Jenny Jones .... assistant: Andrew Macdonald, UK
Hilary Julian .... assistant marine coordinator
Lance Julian .... marine coordinator
Sharon Julian .... assistant marine coordinator (as Sharian Julian)
Sae Tang 'Keng' Kanokporn .... shipping coordinator (as Kanokporn 'Keng' Sae Tang)
Saipin 'Omm' Kitsuban .... production runner
Vernice Klier .... voice coach
J.C. Merrill .... marine engineer (as John C. Merrill)
Lulu Morgan .... assistant production coordinator
Zoe Morgan .... script supervisor: second unit
Virginia Murray .... production assistant
Alex Nikolic .... media producer
John Nixon .... armorer
Al Perry .... zodiac captain
Tom Pestonji .... production assistant: underwater unit
Porntipa 'Geng' Phanbai-Ngam .... assistant production coordinator
Chidchanok Plodripu .... assistant accountant: Thailand (as Chidchanok 'Pam' Plodripu)
Chantana 'Pan' Pongrojth .... unit nurse
Panotte 'Pong' Rattanajarn .... payroll accountant: Thailand (as Panotte 'Pong' Rattanajarn)
Claire Robertson .... assistant accountant
Phillip Roope .... location manager
Boonmee Saisom .... safety diver: underwater unit
Daraphan 'Aor' Sakornsathien .... assistant production coordinator
Somchai Santitharangkun .... location manager
Wannapa 'Gai' Sinthunawa .... assistant accountant: Thailand
Wongwatawat 'Goy' Siriporn .... assistant: Andrew Macdonald and Danny Boyle, Thailand (as Siriporn 'Goi' Wongwatawat)
Chaipron Songmuang .... marine assistant (as Chaiporn 'James' Songmuang)
Preecha Songsakul .... marine assistant
Nitad 'Lek' Srisomsap .... senior location assistant (as Lek Srisomsap)
Michael Sarun Srisomsub .... location runner (as Michael Srisomsap)
Caroline 'Caro' Tapia-Ruano .... cashier
Thanadech 'Ben' Thananorrakarn .... animal coordinator
Chan Thananuntasiri .... catering supervisor
Pantipa 'Ja' Thiemboonkit .... work permit officer
Hadyn Thomas .... safety diver: underwater unit
Lulu Thorpe .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Thorpe .... safety diver: underwater unit (as Michael Thorpe)
Françoise Valentine .... underwater communications
Doug Valenzuela .... zodiac captain (as Douglas 'Kino' Valenzuala)
Veeranand Vanijaka .... production assistant (as Veeranand 'Kong' Vanijaka)
Kevin West .... safety climber
Marc Wolff .... aerial coordinator
Marc Wolff .... pilot
Robert Wong .... zodiac captain (as Rob Wong)
Anna Worley .... script supervisor
Singha 'Eka' Yotha .... production runner
Phil Clarke .... production liaison (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, language and drug content
119 min
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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 »
Continuity: The tattoo on Richard's arm disappears in several shots after the tattoo is given. It's there, then gone, then reappears.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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43 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Intense and interesting, but contains it's share of flaws., 6 April 2001

On a rating scale of 0 to 100; I gave The Beach a score of 72.

Many people have stopped themselves from seeing The Beach because of bad reviews from critics and the story of the crew wrecking an entire island to make the movie. One of those things, in my book, is a fact. They did wreck an island, and for pure entertainment, it's not worth it. Still, the bad reviews from the critics I disagree with, I found this quite a little gem, and if you agree with some of my other reviews, I recommend you don't hesitate when you see The Beach sitting on the drama shelf of your video store.

The wonders of modern technology, like computers, video games, cell phones, pagers and the internet, were designed to make our lives more enjoyable and facilitate communications. Yet for many, the complexity of the digital world is overwhelming, leading to a feeling of unreality…of being discconected. The desire to find something real – to connect with something or someone – is what drives Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young American backpacker who arrives in Thailand with adventure on his mind. Travel, he asserts, is the search for experience, the quest for something different. Richard and two friends (Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet) he meets in Thailand risk their lives travelling secret that is dubbed the beach resort for those who don't like beach resorts. At their destination, Richard and friends are welcomed into a community that lives on the beach. However, they soon discover that beneath this surface, this heaven on earth is less than perfect.

Leonardo DiCaprio declared he was not anti-Titanic when he did this film. And he isn't. DiCaprio shows on his face how successful he is when he did the film, and he is a show-off. But, darn it all, DiCaprio is good because we know he has the potential. He went a long length to do this movie, even director's favourite Ewan McGregor was passed over for DiCaprio, and rightfully so. I just can't picture anyone else playing the role. The acting hotline is also boiling with such talents as Tilda Swinton, Virginie Ledoyen and the masterful Robert Carlyle. Danny Boyle's direction is solid and he paces the film nicely, and the script is adapted well from Alex Garland's better-than-movie book. The film certainly has flaws, some scenes – particularly the ones with the dope growers – are just plain stupid and the film really loses it's feet towards the end, going completely out of control.

Still, The Beach is a film that is ripe for discussion. It features alluring scenery from the small island of Phuket, it has some striking visuals and an absorbing and intense message about finding your own paradise. It's not the best film of 2000, but The Beach remains a worthy attempt.

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