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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

"I'm Gonna Bayonet 'Em, Break Their Arms, So They Don't Give Me No More Trouble! That's What We're Here For...To Kill...The Rest Is All Bull!" See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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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

As the opening credits segue into live action Sergeant Honeywell turns to face his men from the upper deck of the transport ship. At the upper left of the screen, next to the marine with the bazooka, you can see the edge of the board on which the final credits were painted. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Honeywell: That's what we're here for. To kill. The rest is all crap!
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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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Masterpiece
2 April 2001 | by amoladSee all my reviews

This masterful, beautiful picture by the underknown and underrated Cornel Wilde is a haunting look at the combat experience. Depending on one's point of view, Terrence Malick either paid tribute to it or blatantly copied it in THE THIN RED LINE (1998). The movies are amazingly similar in the way they use flashbacks and voiceover narration (as characters' thoughts spoken aloud) to immerse the audience in the characters as they fight. I love both movies -- Malick's has things going for it that Wilde's doesn't, such as a physical beauty and a superb score -- but BEACH RED is in some ways the more powerful of the two. It's even more immediate. The voiceovers are less forced and don't really go into the philosophizing that the voiceovers in THIN RED LINE do. The effect is to keep the audience more focused on the combat itself. In short, BEACH RED is more emotional (whereas THIN RED LINE is emotional AND philosophical/metaphorical).

The way this movie opens with 30 minutes of pure combat on a beach is also similar to SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. In fact, BEACH RED is something of a combination of that movie and THIN RED LINE. Spielberg and Malick surely must both have studied this picture carefully. The last 5 minutes of BEACH RED comprise one of the most haunting and powerful statements on combat I have ever seen. This is a movie that will leave you thinking for a long time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Beach Red See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

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Production Co:

Theodora Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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