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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 »

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Stephen Wallace

Writers:

Blanche D'Alpuget (novel), Ann Turner
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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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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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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killing Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Phuket, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$350,951, 3 March 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$778,535
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

COME ON BOYS
by D. Scotland/W. Miller
Used by kind permission of Fab/Flamingo (Screen Music International P/L)
Performed by Simone Dee
Courtesy of Flamingo Records
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Ordinary, mechanical, clumsy
29 June 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

Following the fall of Saigon (1975), boat people arrived by the thousands on the shores of, among other places, Turtle Beach in Malaysia. "Turtle Beach" attempts to tell that story while weaving in side plots having to do with a Vietnamese woman (Chen) who married money and throws it at the problem while trying to reunite with her children and an Aussie reporter (Sacchi) who wants to do a story about the boat people which the Malaysian government wants to suppress. The film plays out mechanically with two dimensional characters and clumsy attempts to spice it up with a dash of romance and sex. A mediocre (docu)drama only for the hard up couch potato.

Note - The Malay Vietnamese boat people colonized Bidong Island not far from Tioman Island (until 1991), filming location for "South Pacific". "Turtle Beach" was not filmed in Malaysia.


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