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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cmdr. Dwight Towers
... Moira Davidson
... Dr. Julian Osborne
... Mary Davidson Holmes
... Lt. Peter Holmes
Allison Webber ... Jenny Holmes
Tieghan Webber ... Jenny Holmes
... First Officer Neil Hirsch
... Chief Wawrzeniak (as David Paterson)
Kevin Copeland ... Sonarman Bobby Swain
Todd MacDonald ... Radioman Giles
Joe Petruzzi ... Lt. Tony Garcia
Craig Beamer ... Crewman Reid
... Crewman Parsons
Trent Huen ... Crewman Samuel Huynh
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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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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown are husband and wife in real life. This marks their fourth on-screen collaboration. See more »

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When Commander Towers is retrieving the DVD from the laptop, there is a closeup on the dead reporter. However, in the scene her eyelid is twitching, indicating she is not dead. See more »

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Moira Davidson: Hey, I'm not blaming you. If it was one of your politicians or your military with their bloody warrior mentality, I would be. "We're protecting your freedom!"
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Moira Davidson: It really worked...
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Connections

Remake of On the Beach (1959) See more »

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In the Mood
Written by Wingy Manone, Andy Razaf and Joe Garland
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra (as Glenn Miller & His Orchestra)
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A remake that is far superior to the original
19 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

The original version of ON THE BEACH has always been one of my favorite movies and I was very sceptical when I heard there was a remake, a TV version at that. In fact, the new version was so superior to the original that it took my breath away. All of the updates (like adding email and electronic broadcasting) were perfect. Also, all of the Australian characters were played by Australians (even as a kid I wondered why all the Australian characters in the original had American accents!) - except for Rachel Ward who's British but close enough. The casting was brilliant except for Armand Assante as the Sub Commander (not to mention him being about 4 inches shorter than his love interest, Rachel Ward). This role called for a Harrison Ford, or (young) Robert Mitchum or Gregory Peck type - it was the only sour note for me in the whole movie. I also don't think as many people would opt out they way they did - I think most of us will hang on to life until the bitter end - just as most terminally ill people do.


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