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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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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
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kineska plaža See more »

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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Troy Evans (Sergeant Pepper) was a Vietnan veteran. During a reunion on Good Morning America, he stated the show gave him a sense of closure. See more »

Goofs

McMurphy's pilot boyfriend is a Captain (wearing two silver bars on each shoulder) and has Command Pilot wings on his flight suit name tag (pilot's wings with a star surrounded by a wreath). To earn Command Pilot wings you have to be a rated pilot for 15 years and have 3,000 hours of flight time. No pilot in the USAF would be a rated pilot for 15 years and amass 3,000 flying hours and still be a Captain. Besides, assuming he graduated college at age 22 and flight training at 23, and then flew for 15 years he would be 38 years old. Clearly he isn't that old. [See Wikipedia article on "U.S. Air Force aeronautical rating" for rating criteria] 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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One of the best dramas, ever
7 November 2005 | by SummadonnaSee all my reviews

I was eleven when I started watching this show, and it left an indelible impression on me. I was watching a lot of shows back then that I was probably too young to watch(!), and there was a lot of stuff I didn't get, but I knew, even as a middle schooler, that "China Beach" was something special. A few months ago I started borrowing videotaped episodes from a friend (thank you, History Channel!), and re-experiencing it. While, at times, it's cheesier than I remembered it (and that was mostly just in some season 1 episodes), you can't do better than Marg Helgenberger and Dana Delany and Jeff Kober as K.C., McMurphy, and Dodger (respectively). The dialogue is great, but there's so much said in just a look, and that, my friends, is acting. There was really something special going on in that show. I think it was partly the subject matter and the shooting everything(?) on location (as opposed to a sound stage -- I know it wasn't shot in Vietnam ;)), but it felt so deceptively REAL... Anyway, I couldn't love it more, and I've never seen another show like it. My thanks to the producers and writers and crew (and, of course, the actors!) -- you all should be really proud of what you did.


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