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The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.

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  • Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 24 wins & 46 nominations.
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  Colleen McMurphy (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Pvt. Samuel Beckett (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Dr. Dick Richard (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Maj. Lila Garreau (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  K.C. Kolowski (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Cpl. Boonie Lanier (62 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow (58 episodes, 1988-1991)
Nancy Giles ...
  Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... (54 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Sgt. Pepper / ... (28 episodes, 1989-1991)
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  Wayloo Marie Holmes / ... (18 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Beetle (17 episodes, 1988-1989)
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  Cherry White (16 episodes, 1988-1989)
Marcia Magus ...
  Nurse Jody Kass (15 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Jeff Hyers / ... (15 episodes, 1988-1991)
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  Holly Pelegrino (13 episodes, 1989-1990)
Elizabeth Lindsey ...
  Mai / ... (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
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  Capt. Natch Austin / ... (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
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  Dr. Gerard Bernard (9 episodes, 1989-1990)
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  Hang (9 episodes, 1988-1989)
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  Laurette Barber (7 episodes, 1988)
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  Trieu Au / ... (7 episodes, 1989-1991)
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  Sgt. Vinnie Ventresca, the Dog Man / ... (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
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  Pvt. Elroy / ... (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
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  Cpl. Jesus 'Answer Man' Zappara (5 episodes, 1989-1990)
Lee Mary Weilnau ...
  Woman / ... (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
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  Lt. Col. 'Mac' Miller (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Margaret Mary McMurphy / ... (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
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  Linda Matlock Lanier (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Karen Lanier (4 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Dr. Singer (4 episodes, 1990)
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  Major Melvin P. Otis (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
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  Joe Arneburg (3 episodes, 1991)
Kerry Noonan ...
  Nellie (3 episodes, 1990)
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  Dr. Colleen Flaherty Richard / ... (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Kathy Molter ...
  Gloria Dawn (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Amy Michelson ...
  Red Cross Volunteer / ... (3 episodes, 1988)
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  Karen / ... (3 episodes, 1991)
Catherine Ai ...
  Lady #2 / ... (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Marion Yue ...
  Kim (3 episodes, 1988)
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  Arvn / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
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  Gillian (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Francine Nguyen ...
  Grandma / ... (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Coleby Lombardo ...
  Boy / ... (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Rick White (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Brian Smiar ...
  General Dean Cunliffe (2 episodes, 1988)
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  Long / ... (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
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  Banks / ... (2 episodes, 1988-1990)
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  Brendan McMurphy (2 episodes, 1989)
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  Seak Yin (2 episodes, 1989)
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  Jean Jacques Rousseau / ... (2 episodes, 1989)

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Playa de China (Spain)
  • Kineska plaža (Serbia)
  • Praia da China (Portugal)
  • Чайна-Бич (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Kineska plaža (Croatia)
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  • 120 min
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Trivia Several of the storylines, and even some of the dialogue were taken directly from the experiences and recollections of actual Vietnam era military nurses. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Breakdown: Part 2 (1993). See more »
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Quotes Colleen McMurphy: Sex is a bad word, but it feels good. Love is a good word, but it hurts.
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