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

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The run of this show overlapped with the run of the NBC series Quantum Leap (1989). Both programs featured a main character named "Samuel Beckett"--a name that is most associated with the Irish playwright ("Waiting for Godot", "Endgame", "Happy Days") and novelist who is widely considered to be one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. See more »

Goofs

Many of the Asian actors used were not actually Vietnamese. While Vietnam has (and had at the time of the war) a large ethnic Chinese population, some of the actors used were Koreans, Japanese and even Filipinos. 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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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Famous Names Week 5 (2009) 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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Possibly the best TV show of all time - Colleen, will you marry me?
29 November 2005 | by sauvage999See all my reviews

I have been reliving "China Beach" the past year or so on cable TV, and I must say, the experience has been just as moving the second time around. I cannot speak of "China Beach" without using superlatives: 1) My all-time favorite TV show; 2) Easily the most underrated TV show ever; 3) The all-time best performance by an actress in TV history (Dana Delaney as Colleen); 4) The most nuanced, complex, intimate and believable development of a TV character in history (again, Dana as Colleen); 5) The three most loaded, gut-wrenching, revealing, and well-acted words ever uttered by a TV character {"Don't 'Colleen' me!" by you-know-who). Of course, there were many other great performances on the show, and the subject matter has never been so intimately portrayed. However, Dana's performance will haunt my soul forever.


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