Amazing Stories: Season 1, Episode 14

No Day at the Beach (12 Jan. 1986)

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Scorned by his troop of poker-playing teen-aged soldiers, Arnold Skamp becomes a war hero by miraculously saving their lives when they charge the battle-torn beaches of Port Nuovo, Italy.

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Casey
Larry Spinak ...
Arnold Skamp
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Ira
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Stick
Leo Geter ...
Evergreen
Tom Hodges ...
Tiny
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Irish
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Granville (as Luca Josef Bercovici)
Jed Mills ...
Sergeant
Keith Joe Dick ...
1st Sergeant
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Scorned by his troop of poker-playing teen-aged soldiers, Arnold Skamp becomes a war hero by miraculously saving their lives when they charge the battle-torn beaches of Port Nuovo, Italy. Written by Anonymous

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Pill-box busters
28 February 2007 | by (muenster, germany) – See all my reviews

SPOILER warning: Please don't read this if you haven't seen this episode yet. I don't think it's possible to say much about it without giving away crucial plot details, including (most of) the ending.

Arnold is a soldier in WW II. On the eve of his first battle he is being bullied by his comrades. He is shy and not as strong as they are. The next day they land at the beach of Porto Nuevo, Italy. There's heavy enemy fire and there are lots of casualties. Arnold's group is being fired on by artillery and machine guns in a German pill-box. They're in great danger and don't know how to destroy the pill-box. Then Arnold runs to it and single-handedly destroys it by throwing in some explosives. But how could any human being survive such heavy machine gun fire?

I think this one can be called a ghost story. When Arnold's group come back to the beach, they find out that he's been dead ever since they first reached the beach. At first, they can't believe it, but then they are shown Arnold's body. So it must have been a ghost that saved them from the pill-box. Arnold probably came back because he still had to do something and couldn't find rest because of that. It's a very good ghost story in my opinion, and I also liked the acting. I think if you liked the other ghost stories in this series - for example 'Ghost Train' and 'Vanessa in the Garden' - you will probably like this one, too. It's also a bit similar to 'The Mission'; both episodes are about WW II, and in both episodes, a miracle is needed to get out of danger alive.

Three footnotes: 1) This one is in black and white, probably because they wanted to use stock footage from WW II (or from movies about WW II). 2) It reminded me of the story that is told in Stan Ridgway's great song 'Camouflage'. I think this episode probably was the inspiration for it (or there's another source that both Spielberg and Ridgway used). 3) There are some connections and similarities to 'Saving Private Ryan': the story of this episode was written by Spielberg, 'Saving Private Ryan' was directed by Spielberg - and this episode is a bit similar to the beginning of the later movie: there's an Allied landing and they are under heavy fire from machine guns that are difficult to eliminate. However, it's much less intense than 'Saving Private Ryan'.


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