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On the Beach (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | 17 December 1959 (USA)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers
... Moira Davidson
... Julian Osborn
... Lt. Peter Holmes
... Mary Holmes
John Tate ... Adm. Bridie
... Lt. Sunderstrom
Lola Brooks ... Lt. Hosgood
... Lt. Benson
... Lt. Cmdr. Farrel
Richard Meikle ... Davis
... Ralph Swain
Joe McCormick ... Ackerman
Lou Vernon ... Bill Davidson
Kevin Brennan ... Dr. King
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Storyline

In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IF YOU Never See Another Motion Picture In Your Life You Must See ON THE BEACH See more »

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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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17 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das letzte Ufer  »

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Budget:

$2,900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000
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1.66 : 1
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The film is set in 1964. See more »

Goofs

Mary points out to Peter that if he needs to get into Melbourne by 11:00 for his appointment with Admiral Bridie, he'd better hurry. By the clock on Admiral Bridie's office wall, Peter clearly arrives for his 11:00 appointment at 10:05. See more »

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[first lines]
Dwight Towers: Prepare to surface.
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Soundtracks

Onward, Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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Gives new meaning to the word 'shudder'
26 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

I made the mistake of watching this film at 11 pm, in a theater with only 4 other people. We were scattered about...and alone. I have seldom wanted to be in a group as much as I did that night. I almost got up and went to sit in a row with one of the 4. Directing? Brilliant. Cinematography? Brilliant. The cast? Exceptional. Ava Gardner (still beautiful), Gregory Peck, Fred Astair and Anthony Perkins are inspired. I have always wanted to go to Australia. Many years later I got the chance. As the coast of Sydney came into view I started to cry...and didn't know why? Then I realized, I was 'hearing' Waltzing Matilda and remembering.


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