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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 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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Details

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 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 »

Goofs

Some of the flashback scenes, in particular those featuring Captain MacDonald's wife, Julie, are unrealistic in their depiction of the time period intended - namely early to mid-1940's. In particular, she is seen wearing her hair and mascara in a style that is clearly not of the mid-1940's, and in one scene, is shown wearing a blouse that is clearly of a mid-1960's design. See more »

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

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Title Song
Sung by Jean Wallace
Written by Cornel Wilde (as Elbey Vid)
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Just saw it-fascinatingly good and strange
27 April 2003 | by rich-106See all my reviews

Wow, I thought I saw all the war movies. This a unique captivating war film with several unusual techniques. It has voiceovers by soldiers in the middle of combat and flashbacks to past scenes and still photos of loved ones at home. For instance, one soldier learns the password for the day is "darling" and reminices(sp) about his wife calling him that. All this occurs in-between and during brutal battle scenes some of which are hand to hand combat with bayonets. The Japanese soldiers are also shown with loved ones and to be human as well. The American flashbacks seem odd since the family members are dressed and groomed in 1950-60s fashion during this WWII movie but gave the movie kind of a universal quality. There is also some mild nudity and delicate sexual references in the flashbacks that some will detect. Watch when one of the soldiers builds a "woman" in the dirt and kisses her or Wilde's wife Julie panting in bed. One disappointment is that we never learn the fate of Columbo, whose thumb gets shot off, and the bleeding soldier he reluctantly carries on his back. Listen to the amazing detail on the litany of natural insect and plant dangers in this island jungle. The Japanese speak Japanese in this movie without subtitles yet we can understand what they are taking about. I could go on with more. Better then Saving Private Ryan for sure and it looked like much material was taken from this film for that one. 8/10


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