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The Beach (2000)

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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.

Director:

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
Sahajak Boonthanakit ... Travel Agent (as Jak Boon)
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

The Beach 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

The island was initially chosen by location scouts for Fox Studios not because of its astounding natural beauty, but because of its potential for a landscaping redevelopment. The script called for a clearing on the beach large enough to play football, so they bulldozed a large swath of the native trees and vegetation. They also planted a hundred non-native palm trees just to get the right look, essentially introducing an exotic species to the island that could take over and effectively change the habitat forever. While the whole thing was an eyesore for the locals, the real damage didn't come until the filmmakers left the island. The usual seasonal storms hit the beach, but this time the sand dunes didn't have the protection of their natural vegetation. They collapsed immediately and washed out to sea, damaging the fragile coral reef on their way out.

Environmentalists were outraged and accused the filmmakers of bribing the Thai government to get around legal requirements; for instance, the National Park Act, which was specifically designed to prevent this exact sort of thing. Allegedly Fox donated the equivalent of $100,000 to the Royal Forestry Development in Thailand; the normal fee for filming on the island is less than one percent of that. Afterwards, they were allowed the freedom to remodel the island as much as they pleased after the money changed hands.

Environmentalists responded by taking legal action against Fox Studios, its local coordinator Santa International, and the Thai government officials. Seven years later, the court penalized the film company for unnecessary ecological destruction and ordered them to repair all environmental damage to Maya Beach, which is much more than just planting a few trees. They are also expected to rebuild the marine life population that was wiped out.

In a fitting twist, the message of the movie is that trying to preserve an untouched paradise is futile. See more »

Goofs

When Françioise jumps from a cliff, she appears to be wearing a white undergarment/bikini bottom underneath her long shirt. In later shots, she is wearing a black bikini underneath the same shirt. 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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Connections

Referenced in A Many Splintered Thing: Episode #1.3 (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

On Your Own
(Crouch End Broadway mix and Walter Wall mix)
Written by Damon Albarn (as Albarn) / Graham Coxon (as Coxon) / Alex James (as James) / Dave Rowntree (as Rowntree)
Performed by Blur
Courtesy of EMI Records Limited
by arrangement with Virgin Records America, Inc.
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The Beach WILL NOT DIE TODAY
14 June 2005 | by ecwjediSee all my reviews

The Beach is interesting in that some people feel that its terrible while there are others who feel that it is an unsung hero of a movie. When I first saw The Beach, back in 2000, I thought it was OK, not as bad as most people said it was. But, just like with A Life Less Ordinary, The Beach grew on me and I had to watch it again. After seeing it a few more times I really started to pick up on what was going on and realized that at the end of the film the viewer has gone through quite an adventure with Dicaprio and co. The acting, cinematography, music, and story are great and hold up after repeat viewings. The Beach is one of those movies that I watch once a year as its enjoyability never decreases. This is a very solid film that will no doubt only increase in its popularity as time goes by as fans of The Beach are quite hardcore. Even though Dany Boyle has said that he is not very proud of The Beach I believe that he's made a gross error and misjudged his work because even after all these years The Beach still has a freshness to it that most films lose while they are still in the theaters. Because of these reasons The Beach will not die today.


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