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On the Beach (2000)

After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

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Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Nevil Shute (novel), John Paxton | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Cmdr. Dwight Towers
Rachel Ward ... Moira Davidson
Bryan Brown ... Dr. Julian Osborne
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Mary Davidson Holmes
Grant Bowler ... Lt. Peter Holmes
Allison Webber Allison Webber ... Jenny Holmes
Tieghan Webber Tieghan Webber ... Jenny Holmes
Steve Bastoni ... First Officer Neil Hirsch
David Ross Paterson ... Chief Wawrzeniak (as David Paterson)
Kevin Copeland Kevin Copeland ... Sonarman Bobby Swain
Todd MacDonald ... Radioman Giles
Joe Petruzzi ... Lt. Tony Garcia
Craig Beamer Craig Beamer ... Crewman Reid
Jonathan Oldham Jonathan Oldham ... Crewman Parsons
Trent Huen Trent Huen ... Crewman Samuel Huynh
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Storyline

Well, the world has finally managed to blow itself up. Only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction and a gigantic wave of radiation is floating in on the breezes. Only two months are left. One American sub located in the Pacific has survived and is met with disdain by the Australians when it arrives. All of the calculations of Australia's most renowned scientist says the country is at doomsday - get ready. However, one of his rivals say that is incorrect. He believes that 1000 people can be relocated to the northern hemisphere, where his assumptions indicate the radiation levels may be lower. The American Captain is asked to take a mission to the north to determine which scientist is right (and along the way check out the devastation in Alaska and California - seemingly all bodies and vehicles were disintegrated). However, before the mission, all kinds of bland soap opera relationships are played out. Brown and his ex-fiancée battle it out in a love-hate relationship. ... Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fin du monde See more »

Filming Locations:

Sorrento, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "caterpillar drive" for nuclear submarines exists only in the imaginations of Tom Clancy (from "Hunt for Red October") and the screenwriters of the Australian remake of "On The Beach." See more »

Goofs

When the submarine is first greeted in Melbourne, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Admiral Cunningham salutes Commander Towers with his palm facing downwards. This is correct for the RAN (and all Commonwealth navies), which does not employ the outward facing palm salute used by the army and air force, as per naval tradition. See more »

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Cmdr. Dwight Towers: I carried warheads on my boat. That is correct. I was damn proud of it too. I served my country the best way I know how. And the only question I ask myself these days and I'm asking it every single millisecond now whatever the hell's left of what I've got, if where was I, where were you? Where were any of us? 'Cause I don't know what the hell two insane nations were doing facing each other down all those years. All that had to be done was that the brains, you know, the rational minds, the ...
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Shocking. This movie lets you realise that the end of mankind is not unthinkable...
23 February 2003 | by marko-fSee all my reviews

What would I do when I was confronted with my certain death and the end of mankind? That question was getting more and more to me when I watched On The Beach. Very confronting and on the eve of a war in Iraq, not at all unthinkable.

The plot is simple: War has broke out (in this case between the US and China, but it could be Iraq or North-Korea too...) and the US strikes with nuclear weapons. Australia gets spared initially, but its inhabitants face certain death as clouds of radio active fall-out nears. Within two months, no one human will be alive. Unless... There is a chance that some people close to the north pole survived. An American nuclear submarine that survived the war is boarded by an Aussie liaison officer and a cynical scientist, that used to date the sister-in-law of the officer, to search for possible survivors.

Not much action, but for those who like to think while watching a movie, this film will stick to you. There are story lines that resemble soap opera's. That might be true on the surface, but it is completely different when you keep in mind that they all are going to die. You feel the difficulties in the way the characters choose to die.

The movie is played well, directed well and has great photography. The director uses several filming techniques that are rarely used so that the viewer gets time to think about the situation and feel the dilemma of the character.

Unless you cannot bear to be confronted with your own mortality, this is a must-see.


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