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Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

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Danny Boyle

Writers:

John Hodge (screenplay), Alex Garland (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Richard
Daniel York ... Hustler
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon Patcharawan Patarakijjanon ... Hotel Receptionist
Virginie Ledoyen ... Françoise
Guillaume Canet ... Étienne
Robert Carlyle ... Daffy
Somboon Phutaroth Somboon Phutaroth ... Cleaning Woman
Weeratham 'Norman' Wichairaksakui Weeratham 'Norman' Wichairaksakui ... Detective
Jak Boon Jak Boon ... Travel Agent
Peter Youngblood Hills ... Zeph
Jerry Swindall Jerry Swindall ... Sammy
Krongthong Thampradith Krongthong Thampradith ... Woman with Key
Apichart Chusakul Apichart Chusakul ... Senior Farmer (as Abhijati 'Muek' Jusakul)
Sanya 'Gai' Cheunjit Sanya 'Gai' Cheunjit ... Farmer
Kaneung 'Nueng' Kenia Kaneung 'Nueng' Kenia ... Farmer
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Storyline

Garland's novel centers on a young nicotine-addicted traveler named Richard, an avid pop-culture buff with a particular love for video games and Vietnam War movies. While at a hotel in Bangkok, he finds a map left by his strange, whacked-out neighbor, who just committed suicide. The map supposedly leads to a legendary island paradise where some other wayward souls have settled. Written by Mike Arndt <clayton@hooked.net>

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Taglines:

Paradise Found - Innocence Lost See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some strong sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French | Swedish | Thai | Serbian

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La playa See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,277,921, 13 February 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,785,027

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$144,056,873
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Figment Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Leonardo DiCaprio's first film in two years, after a 10 minute cameo in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998). See more »

Goofs

At the end when the gun is brandished and then fired it is again shown right after firing and the hammer is in the cocked position. If it had just been fired it would not be cocked. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: My name is Richard. So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I'm from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit, something more dangerous. So after eighteen hours in the back of an airplane, three dumb movies, two plastic meals, six beers and absolutely no sleep, I finally touch down; in Bangkok.
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Alternate Versions

This film had some differences from the novel that wasn't seen in the film:
  • Richard's obsession with war and video games is explained a bit more in the novel.
  • Keaty is not obsessed with his Game Boy in the film.
  • Richard never sleeps with Françoise despite having feelings for her, which he thinks are reciprocated, saying that he considers Étienne a good guy and would not want to do that to him.
  • Richard never sleeps with Sal, nor is it Sal who accompanies him to the mainland for supplies, but rather a character called Jed (who patrols the island's perimeter) who does not appear in the film. In the book, Jed is the person who leads Richard, Etienne, and Françoise to the community, not Keaty.
  • Ella (who works for Unhygienix), Jean (the leader of the gardening detail), Cassie (who works for Bugs), Jesse (who works in the gardening detail), Moshe (the head of the second fishing detail), and the two unnamed Yugoslavian girls (who work for Moshe) do not appear in the film.
  • The part where Keaty catches a dead squid that gives some of the island's inhabitants food poisoning is not in the film.
  • Karl escaping from the island in the beach community's main boat was not in the film.
  • The ending is different from the book's, which had Richard, Françoise, Étienne, Keaty, and Jed attempting to escape from the now crumbling community. In the book's epilogue after their successful escape, they move into their respective lives. Richard loses touch with Étienne and Françoise yet finds it hard to be totally freed of the effects of his experiences in that "parallel universe."
  • Richard never received an e-mail from Françoise with a picture after their farewell.
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Unfairly Panned; A Good Movie
25 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here is another of those films that got panned by critics all over the place, but I liked the movie and thought it was unfairly criticized.

Two things are not up for debate: the film is entertaining and the cinematography is gorgeous.

Leonardo DiCaprio's lead character is not particularly likable, but that's nothing new for him. He's good at playing the boyish, cocky immature type. He's also good at narration, which he provides here, as he has in a number of other films. In fact, I wish there were more of it in here.

French actress Virginie Ledoyen is a new face to me, and a pretty one. I found her intriguing, and not just because of her face Actually, all the characters were pretty darn interesting in this film and you get a varied group.

The scenery from Thailand is magnificent. By the way, "the beach" that's in this film really exists, just as it's seen here. The story is interesting, too, for the full two hours. My only complaint was that they might have toned down the language, particularly with all the f-words.

Don't listen to those national critics who blasted this. I think you'll be entertained.


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