On the Beach (2000)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  28 May 2000 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 3,027 users  
Reviews: 102 user | 5 critic

Well, the world has finally managed to blow itself up. Only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction and a gigantic wave of radiation is floating in on the breezes. Only two ... See full summary »



(novel), , 2 more credits »
0Check in
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

On the Beach (1959)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire
The Day After (TV Movie 1983)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A graphic, disturbing film about the effects of a devastating nuclear holocaust on small-town residents of eastern Kansas.

Director: Nicholas Meyer
Stars: Jason Robards, JoBeth Williams, Steve Guttenberg
Threads (TV Movie 1984)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly
Testament (1983)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack.

Director: Lynne Littman
Stars: Jane Alexander, William Devane, Rossie Harris
Danger Beneath the Sea (TV Movie 2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Commander Miles Sheffield is a rising star in the US Navy, patronized by Admiral Eugene Justice, to the silent envy of many, including his XO and Chief on his first command mission aboard a... See full summary »

Director: Jon Cassar
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Gerald McRaney, Stewart Bick
By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie 1990)
Drama | Thriller | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones
The Hunley (TV Movie 1999)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

CSS Hunley tells the incredible true story of the crew of the manually propelled submarine CSS Hunley, during the siege of Charleston of 1864. It is a story of heroism in the face of ... See full summary »

Director: John Gray
Stars: Armand Assante, Donald Sutherland, Alex Jennings
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

Director: Taylor Hackford
Stars: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods
Rain Shadow (TV Mini-Series 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Rachel Ward, Victoria Thaine, Grant Piro
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy
Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith
Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society ... See full summary »

Director: L.Q. Jones
Stars: Don Johnson, Jason Robards, Susanne Benton
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The world after the nuclear apocalypse. Pale light lits the scenery of total destruction. The surviving humans vegetate in wet cellars under the nuclear winter. But somehow human spirit ... See full summary »

Director: Konstantin Lopushanskiy
Stars: Rolan Bykov, Iosif Ryklin, Viktor Mikhaylov


Cast overview, first billed only:
Allison Webber ...
Tieghan Webber ...
First Officer Neil Hirsch
Chief Wawrzeniak (as David Paterson)
Todd MacDonald ...
Joe Petruzzi ...
Lt. Tony Garcia
Craig Beamer ...
Crewman Reid
Jonathan Oldham ...
Crewman Parsons
Trent Huen ...
Crewman Samuel Huynh


Well, the world has finally managed to blow itself up. Only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction and a gigantic wave of radiation is floating in on the breezes. Only two months are left. One American sub located in the Pacific has survived and is met with disdain by the Australians when it arrives. All of the calculations of Australia's most renowned scientist says the country is at doomsday - get ready. However, one of his rivals say that is incorrect. He believes that a 1000 people can be relocated into the northern hemisphere, where his assumptions indicate the radiation levels may be lower. The American Captain is asked to take a mission to the north to determine which scientist is right (and along the way check out the devastation in Alaska and California - seemingly all bodies and vehicles were disintegrated). However, before the mission, all kinds of bland soap opera relationships are played out. Brown and his ex-fiancée battle it out in a love-hate relationship. ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Sci-Fi


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

28 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La fin du monde  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (3 episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The Los Angeles class submarine in this movie uses a "caterpillar" (silent) drive as was used by the Soviet submarine Red October in The Hunt for Red October (1990). See more »


Whenever we see CMDR Towers or his XO in their white uniforms, they are wearing a Unit Identifiction Mark on their right shoulders (the black and white crescent shaped item). Officers do not wear them on their uniforms. They are strictly for enlisted personnel. See more »


Moira Davidson: Hey, I'm not blaming you. If it was one of your politicians or your military with their bloody warrior mentality, I would be. "We're protecting your freedom!"
Moira Davidson: It really worked...
See more »


Remake of On the Beach (1959) See more »


In the Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (as Glenn Miller & His Orchestra)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I still get nightmares from it
9 December 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw 'On the Beach' on tv about 2 years ago now and I still have nightmares inspired by it. Bryan Brown, Rachel Ward, Armand Assante and Jacqueline Mckenzie are all credible actors in their own right and they all give fine performances. The film focuses around these people who come together in Australia after a world nuclear war through various predictable plot devices (see plot summary). The acting, direction and even the script don't really make an impact but it is the topic that hits home. I think the purpose of this remake is to remind the world of the horrible results of any nuclear war that could so easily take place. As an Australian, watching this is even more horrific perhaps because this is a rare movie where the world's end is focused outside the U.S.A for a change. Watch this horrific movie (really it is mini series) if you aren't scared by the "what might happen" scenario then frankly your head is in the sand.

10/10 for being a very welcome piece of anti nuclear propaganda.

37 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A gross inaccuracy in need of clarification... PhilipChandler
too bad it's unscientific propaganda nikjunk
Did anyone else cry? Raaaain
Subtitles, anyone? amfanac
Switching the power off, the end of human life. richard_bray
Stupid Questions about the pills Heals
Discuss On the Beach (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: