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A Day at the Beach (1972)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | May 1970 (UK)
Bernie, a self-destructive alcoholic, is given watch over his niece Winnie. He tests the patience of the various people he knows and Winnie is often left on her own.

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Simon Hesera

Writers:

Heere Heeresma (novel), Roman Polanski
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mark Burns Mark Burns ... Bernie
Beatie Edney ... Winnie (as Beatrice Edney)
Fiona Lewis ... Melissa
Maurice Roëves ... Nicholas
Jack MacGowran ... The Collector
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ... Tonie
Peter Sellers ... The Salesman (as A. Queen)
Graham Stark ... Pipi
Eva Dahlbeck ... Cafe Proprietress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lily Bacberg Lily Bacberg ... Barmaid
Benny Bundgaard Benny Bundgaard ... Delivery Man
Lise Dietrich Lise Dietrich ... Louis' Girlfriend
June Eelli June Eelli ... Gypsy Woman
Grith Fjeldmose Grith Fjeldmose ... Passer-by
John Franklyn John Franklyn ... Shopkeeper (as John Franklin)
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Bernie, a self-destructive alcoholic, is given watch over his niece Winnie. He tests the patience of the various people he knows and Winnie is often left on her own.

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzien na plazy See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Peter Sellers is credited as "A. Queen" See more »

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Version of Een dagje naar het strand (1984) See more »

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In my opinion a masterpiece
11 February 2008 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

As someone who usually does not like movies soliciting compassion for alcoholics or drug addicts I was surprised how much I liked A Day at the Beach. The title's promise is fulfilled in the best way possible. A young, intelligent alcoholic takes his little niece to a small seaport for a day. The man is most of the time looking for booze or ingesting it, occasionally rendering verbal outbursts which often sound very lucid. The girl is left to her own devices most of the time but fiercely loyal to her uncle.

From the technical side the movie is virtually faultless. Foreground and background are always in very sharp focus, except for two brief episodes with POV shots of the very drunk main character. The drabness of the place (it is always raining or overcast) is occasionally contrasted by bright, vivid colors. It looks all very controlled and there can be no doubt that a true master is behind this picture. The cast is brilliant down to every secondary character. I found Peter Seller's contribution as a fairy unnecessary and superfluous, though.

I watched the DVD release from Odeon Entertainment. There is an informative booklet about the movie, but Roman Polanski's involvement in the actual shooting is not clear. According to the booklet Polanski left the film while the final editing was in progress. Doesn't this mean that the effectively directed the movie? I would not be surprised if this were the case, in my opinion it very much looks like a Polanski movie. Its stunning how timeless his work is!

A Day at the Beach would never have attracted a mass audience, and from the look of it (and the choice of actors) it probably was never meant to be a blockbuster. But everybody who can stand this difficult and rather depressing subject matter (men preferring drugs to other humans) this is a rewarding and aesthetically satisfying movie. It's great that they made it available on DVD.


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