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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.


Cornel Wilde


Clint Johnston (screenplay), Don Peters (screenplay) (as Donald A. Peters) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




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


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 waves no flags and beats no drums. It just pulls the pin on a grenade and throws it - Catch! See more »


Drama | War


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The US Marine Corps could only provide color stock footage from the Pacific Island campaigns for this movie due to a lack of resources available because of the Vietnam War. This footage had deteriorated badly, and a considerable amount of resources from the film's budget had to used for the footage's restoration to make it match this film's footage. See more »


Pvt. Egan is always eating cans of beans using white plastic spoons. Up until Vietnam only metal spoons were used. See more »


Sergeant Honeywell: That's what we're here for. To kill. The rest is all crap!
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Referenced in Conker: Live and Reloaded (2005) See more »


Title Song
Sung by Jean Wallace
Written by Cornel Wilde (as Elbey Vid)
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Provoking and strange warlike picture ; being acted , written , produced and directed by Cornel Wilde
21 October 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Visually compelling and focused on the battles of a group of Marines and on men's determination to survive their tour of duty . Intense and bloody fight for an occupied Pacific island and shot in Philippines outdoors . This is a thought-provoking as well as exciting wartime film about a spectacular battle for an essential island on the Pacific toll in which a typical crew of Marines fighting the ¨Yellow Menace¨ and it considered to be by some reviewers one of the best American films about the Pacific conflict during WWII ; however , being sometime slow , boring but generally worthwhile . At the beginning the American Marines ashore on a Japanese-held island . As an US marine unit formed by Captain MacDonald (Cornel Wilde) , Sergeant Honeywell (Rip Torn) and Privates (Jaime Sánchez , Burr DeBenning , Patrick Wolfe) fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island , both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories ; as battle experience hardens soldiers . What follows are a series of bloody attacks , on the beach , jungles , mountains in which the rifle company fighting Japanese who hold killers gun-machines and other deadly weapons .

It is first hand account of a notorious battle on a Pacific island , and against an important base on a solitary atoll . Focusing on relationship between Capt. MacDonald/Cornel Wilde and his soldiers . Effectively portrays the dehumanizing psychological effects , battling soldiers on both sides are haunted by memories of home and the terrifying , sickening images they experience in combat , and using flashbacks by means of photos and images about their past existences . While the relationship between captain and his men makes the biggest impression and delivers the interesting main plot , among many sub-plots , some of which go nowhere . Interesting screenplay based on Peter Bowman's uniquely constructed novel "Beach Red" , it was published in 1945, near the end of World War II . The sequence in which Japanese troops tried to fool the US Marines by wearing their uniforms was taken directly from the source novel . This dark story produced/acted/directed by Wilde is immensely exciting , firmly characterized on its roles and in places very moving too . The film brings home the true horror of battle and the meaninglessness of it all and visually is stunning . Dealing with the inner thoughts , feeling and philosophical leaning of the soldiers , the picture sacrifices continuity to study several questions , utilizing records , memories and many other things . Combat images are naturally , well filmed and effective , getting spectacular scenes such as the impressive plane attacks on the ending . Atmospheric and evocative cinematography by Cecil Cooney . Sad and touching song sung by Jean Hagen , Cornel Wilde's wife . The movie has only one musical element , this song written by Antonino Buenaventura and it also is heard in other variations throughout the flick . Filmed in the Republic of Philippines and in Japan , the producer gratefully acknowledges the dedicated efforts and the cooperation of the entire cast , Department of National of Defense , the R.P. Marine Corps , the R. P. Navy , the R.P Army , the R.P Air Force , the R. P. Constabulary , the R.P. Research Institute , the R. P. Department of forest and a particularly the friendly and considerable people of the Philippines .

This harrowing motion picture was compellingly starred , written , produced and directed by Cornel Wilde , being released through United Artists . Wilde does a competent job both as actor and filmmaker . It's amazingly well done movie , being Cornel Wilde's best film . He is especially credited as a good actor but also known for directing some acceptable flicks . His later films were of varying quality, and he ended his career in near-cameos in minor adventure films . As he directed adventures as ¨Maracaibo¨ ,¨Lancelot and Guinevere¨, ¨Sharks' Treasure¨ but also Noir Cinema as ¨The Devil's Hairpin¨, ¨Storm Fear¨ and Sci Fi : ¨Blade of Grass¨. ¨Beach red¨ rating : 6.5/10 , good film , well worth watching . Essential and indispensable seeing for warfare fans . It's a good stuff for young people and war movie lovers who enjoy enormously with the extraordinary battles in the lush jungle.

Other fundamental tales based on Pacific landings were the followings : ¨Thin red line¨ by Andrew Marton with Keir Dullea and Jack Warden and ¨Thin red line¨ directed by Terence Malick with star-laden cast as Jim Cazievel as Private protagonist , Sean Penn as the Sergeant , and many others as George Clooney, Nick Nolte and Woody Harrelson . Furthermore , another important film about Guadalcanal battle turns out to be ¨Guadalcanal diary¨ by Lewis Seiler with Anthony Quinn , Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan and Richard Conte .

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18 November 1967 (Japan) See more »

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