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China Beach 

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The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
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4   3   2   1  
1991   1990   1989   1988  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
Dana Delany ...  Colleen McMurphy 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Michael Boatman ...  Pvt. Samuel Beckett 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Robert Picardo ...  Dr. Dick Richard 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Concetta Tomei ...  Maj. Lila Garreau 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Marg Helgenberger ...  K.C. Kolowski 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Brian Wimmer ...  Cpl. Boonie Lanier 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Oliver Theess Oliver Theess ...  The Soldier / ... 61 episodes, 1988-1991
Jeff Kober ...  Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow 58 episodes, 1988-1991
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ...  Pvt. Frankie Bunsen 54 episodes, 1988-1991
Troy Evans ...  Sgt. Pepper / ... 28 episodes, 1989-1991
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Dateline: November 1967, within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach. This is the 'Nam, filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen Mc Murphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, in the forms of nurses, warriors, Donut Dollies, lifeguards, politicians, USO entertainers, Chopper Chicks, doctors, officers and enlisted men, brothers and sisters, Kool-Aid Kids, orderlies, medics, morticians, Army brass and one hostile prostitute named K.C. try to make sense of life and death in between bourbon, bullets and battles. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | History | War

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Trivia

Considered to be a female version of M*A*S*H (1972). See more »

Goofs

It's clear from many different outdoor scenes that the series wasn't filmed in a jungle or in Southeast Asia. Many of the plants shown weren't native to Vietnam in particular , nor Southeast Asia in general. See more »

Quotes

Colleen McMurphy: Sex is a bad word, but it feels good. Love is a good word, but it hurts.
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Connections

Spoofed in China Bitch (1989) See more »

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Reflections
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Written by Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland
Recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes
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Excellent drama about Vietnam nurses, doctors, soldiers
16 July 1999 | by Flyer-6See all my reviews

This is the popular and much acclaimed "China Beach" TV series. Dana Delany has the role of her life playing Colleen McMurphy, a dedicated triage nurse in Vietnam. This is not a war action movie, but rather a drama about the lives of Vietnam soldiers and the nurses, Red Cross "Donut Dollies", and USO entertainers who are there for them. Dana Delaney is stunning in the role of McMurphy -- this alone would make this a classic. In addition, the deep respect and understanding shown for the Vietnam GI's sets this apart from most of the other Vietnam movies. This is a movie that people who weren't in Vietnam should watch to get a better appreciation for the men and women who served there. For those who were there, this movie is a token of respect and appreciation for your service.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1988 (USA) See more »

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(60 episodes) | (pilot) | (series finale)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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