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Turtle Beach (1992)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 1 May 1992 (USA)
Reporter Judith Wilkes leaves her husband and two sons in Sydney and goes to Malaysia to cover the story of the Vietnamese boat people. She becomes romantically involved with Kanan, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Wallace

Writers:

Ann Turner (screenplay), Blanche D'Alpuget (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Judith
Joan Chen ... Minou
Jack Thompson ... Ralph
Art Malik ... Kanan
Norman Kaye ... Hobday
Victoria Longley Victoria Longley ... Sancha
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Richard
William McInnes ... Minder
George Whaley George Whaley ... Bill
Andrew Ferguson Andrew Ferguson ... David
Daniel De Leur Daniel De Leur ... Peter
Celia Wong Celia Wong ... Amah
Monroe Reimers ... Mohammed
Stuart Campbell Stuart Campbell ... Nigel
Kee Chan ... Behzad
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Storyline

Reporter Judith Wilkes leaves her husband and two sons in Sydney and goes to Malaysia to cover the story of the Vietnamese boat people. She becomes romantically involved with Kanan, and strikes up a friendship with Lady Minou Hobday, who keeps a regular vigil at "Turtle Beach" where the refugees try to land secretly in the hope that one day her own children will arrive. Accompanying Minou one night, Judith witnesses a brutal massacre by the Malaysians which spurs her on to expose the horrors of the internment camps at Bidong. Written by Jonathan Ridsdale <JR@kingston.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »
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Trivia

One of three feature films written by Ann Turner starring actress Victoria Longley. The movies are [in order]: 'Celia' (1989), 'Dallas Doll' (1994), and 'Turtle Beach' (1992). Turner was also director of the first two pictures with the latter directed by Stephen Wallace. See more »

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ROCK-A-BEATIN' BOOGIE
by Bill Haley
Used by kind permission of Edward Kassner Music (Cue Management)
Performed by Bill Haley
Courtesy of Sonet Records Limited/Sonet Grammaton
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Yawnnnnnnnn.....zzzzzzzzzzz
17 March 2008 | by NonEgo1See all my reviews

The summary says it all. Trivia

1) The writer is Blanche D'Alpuget who married Bob Hawke,the ex-Prime Minister of Australia

2) The Viets were labeled as refugees in the West but "illegal economic migrants" in Asia.

3) The Malaysian Govt "excised" Pulau Bidong & other islands from Malaysian legal jurisdiction and dumped the Viets there without recourse to Malaysian law. The western world, particularly Australia, & U.S roundly criticised Malaysia for being heartless and refusing to allow the Viets to settle in Malaysia.

4) Years later, the U.S did the same thing when faced with waves of Haitian "refugees" landing on Miami beaches. These Haitian were now termed as "illegal aliens" and were dumped in Gitmo before being forcibly deported back to Haiti. Then the Australian Govt did the same when faced with Iraqi "refugees" (Tampa incident) The Aussies dumped these newly termed "illegal immigrants" on the island of Nauru !!!

Hypocrisy? You bet !!! It's always different when it happens on your doorstep isn't it ???


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Turtle Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Phuket, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$350,951, 3 May 1992

Gross USA:

$778,535

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$778,535
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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