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Beach Red (1967)

Approved | | Drama, War | 18 November 1967 (Japan)
As a US marine unit fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island, both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories.

Director:

Cornel Wilde

Writers:

Clint Johnston (screenplay), Don Peters (screenplay) (as Donald A. Peters) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornel Wilde ... Capt. MacDonald / Narrator
Rip Torn ... Sergeant Honeywell
Burr DeBenning ... Egan
Patrick Wolfe Patrick Wolfe ... Cliff
Jean Wallace ... Julie
Jaime Sánchez ... Colombo (as Jaime Sanchez)
Dale Ishimoto ... Captain Tanaka
Genki Koyama Genki Koyama ... Colonel Sugiyama
Gene Blakely Gene Blakely ... Goldberg (Combat Cameraman)
Michael Parsons Michael Parsons ... Sergeant Lindstrom
Norman Pak Norman Pak ... Nakano
Dewey Stringer Dewey Stringer ... Mouse
Fred Galang Fred Galang ... Lieutenant Domingo
Hiroshi Kiyama Hiroshi Kiyama ... Mishio
Michio Hazama ... Captain Kondo
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Storyline

American Marines storm ashore on a Japanese-held island and push inland while their enemy plans a counterattack, in this look at warfare. Fighting men on both sides are haunted by memories of home and the horrifying, sickening images they experience in combat. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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It's Him Or You Baby! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Playa roja See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Theodora Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was filmed mostly in the Philippines (the closing credits state it was also filmed in Japan). The "Japanese" troops in the film were actually Filipino Army soldiers. See more »

Goofs

Pvt. Cliff early in the film is seen using a Thompson sub-machine gun. Later, on the patrol, he carries am M-1 carbine. Marines do not simply change weapons. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Conker: Live and Reloaded (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
Sung by Jean Wallace
Written by Cornel Wilde (as Elbey Vid)
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Not A Great Film But A Very Influential One
23 March 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

No one can accuse Cornel Wilde of being a subtle film director . BEACH RED shows the same flaws that made the film version of John Christopher's novel NO BLADE OF GRASS a memorable movie for the most bizarre reasons . That novel didn't contain any environmentalist subtext or agenda but Wilde decided to batter the audience to death with a pollution is bad kids message . He also used strange directorial techniques that felt that they belonged in an entirely different movie . In this movie that was made three years previously Wilde has a similar sledgehammer approach which works slightly better but even so you'll remember this film due to its storytelling more than its actual story

From the outset you can see BEACH RED is a war film with a difference but tries just a little too hard . It has cinematic art-house pretensions but possibly not the budget and probably not a cerebral enough director to pull off the ideas presented . That said Wilde does deserve some credit for making what is effectively a B movie in to something that sticks in the mind . It also be judged against the context it was made . The Hays Code was still in place but Wilde has tried to push the boat out as to what he can get away with and it's relatively sadistic and graphic for a movie during this period . Likewise the Vietnam War was escalating and throughout the narrative there's a strong element that just because the enemy is not from a WASP nation it doesn't necessarily make them evil because the enemy is still human

It's impossible to mention BEACH RED without mentioning later , better , more critically acclaimed films namely APOCALYPSE NOW , THE THIN RED LINE and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN . The extensive use of voice-over whether it relates to the nature of war , profound existentialism or merely hoping to get home in one piece along with the imagery seen here has had a very clear influence on Coppolla , Malik and Spielberg . Malik especially has taken the ideas presented here and made them more effective in THE THIN RED LINE which critics described as " an interesting failure " . Perhaps BEACH RED deserves the same dubious backhand compliment ?


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