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The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
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1991   1990   1989   1988  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Colleen McMurphy 62 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Pvt. Samuel Beckett 62 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Dr. Dick Richard 62 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Maj. Lila Garreau 62 episodes, 1988-1991
...  K.C. Kolowski 62 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Cpl. Boonie Lanier 62 episodes, 1988-1991
...  Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow 58 episodes, 1988-1991
Nancy Giles ...  Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... 54 episodes, 1988-1991
...  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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26 April 1988 (USA)  »

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Kineska plaža  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the story lines and even some of the dialog were taken directly from the experiences and recollections of actual Vietnam era military nurses. 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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Referenced in Passion and Romance: Ocean of Dreams (1997) 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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They don't make 'em like they used to
5 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although I'm a 25 year old Israeli guy, born after the Vietnam war was over, and halfway around the world, this series touched me in a way most dramas didn't. Perhaps it was Dana Delaney's excellent dramatic acting, or the music, or any of the wonderful features of the talented crew that made this beautiful series possible, but I get the feeling that although I like new drama series like ER or The West Wing, I feel that John Wells has learned well, but not enough. China Beach had a certain something that other drama series did not. I'm no expert, so I can't put my finger on it, but whatever it was, I haven't seen it since, and I suspect I'll never see it again.


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