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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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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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Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

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17 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das letzte Ufer  »

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$2,900,000 (estimated)

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$11,000,000
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1.66 : 1
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Ava Gardner's first film as a freelance actress after completing her 20-year studio contract at MGM, where she worked for a weekly salary and didn't benefit financially from being loaned to other studios. She was now free to choose her roles and negotiate her salary. See more »

Goofs

(1:15:00) The submarine shown cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge is not the same vessel used in the rest of the film; the sail is different and hull shorter. See more »

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[first lines]
Dwight Towers: Prepare to surface.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Gregory Peck (1962) See more »

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Stand up Stand Up for Jesus
(uncredited)
Words by George Duffield Jr.
Music by George J. Webb
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The last shore
13 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

The French title is "le dernier rivage"(the last shore)The intellectuals dismiss this movie in France and I've always thought they were wrong.Ava Gardner had never been better with the eventual exception of Huston's "night of the iguana".My favorite part is the central one:one of the soldiers tries to find the cause for the strange Morse signals.He crosses bleak dead San Francisco harbor (the camera takes prodigious high angle shots of him,making us share his loneliness and his hope against hope)Hope that was to be short-lived!What a symbol,this equivalent of a bottle thrown into the sea!So few special effects,ans so much emotion.Stanley Kramer's peak.


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