On The Beach details
|Starring:||Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardner, Donna Anderson, Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck|
On The Beach
|Run time:||2 hours 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 May 2004|
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This film presents a ...By HD (148 reviews) from West Midlands , 19 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]This film presents a unique perspective on the consequences of nuclear war. By setting the action in Australia, the film presents the perspective of the innocent bystander - which most of us feel ourselves to be. The trip to San Francisco to search for the source of a radio signal symbolizes the hope of the hopeless. This film is a period piece from the Cold War era, but it is timeless in its ability to evoke our feelings about our own personal futures.
A warning here though, don?t watch this movie if you suffer from depression it won?t help you one little bit!
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slightly boring end to the worldBy bobsto (63 reviews) from Pangbourne , 11 Jun 2013I found this just unengaging, clunky and a little boring. It plods from one scene to the next, the characters do what they have to do in that scene then it moves onto the next. There is virtually no dramatic tension created and the outcome of the plot is obvious. There are just some histrionics every now and then from the characters.
Not the end of the world, just a bad movieBy Oldbloke (350 reviews) from Sidmouth , 11 Apr 2013With the rest of humanity wiped out by nuclear war, Australia waits for the deadly radiation clouds to arrive. Having nowhere else to go, an American submarine takes refuge in Melbourne harbour. Stanley Kramer is forgotten today, but he made a number of beautifully written, well acted dramas. This is not one of them. Ava Gardner had her boozy old dame fine-tuned, but Peck looks distinctly uncomfortable throughout. As well he might, part science fiction, part romance, part warning to the world, this movie is unconvincing, often tedious and increasingly silly. In the end that vapour cloud can't arrive soon enough.
better than the bookBy cheesekake (1501 reviews) from uk , 09 Mar 2013the book I found a little slow, and sometimes tedious, but the film was definitely a classic. worthy of a watch
a true, classic even if nobody agrees with meBy RDWRER (36 reviews) from Ventnor , 21 Feb 2012Why is this not a classic, an idea that has rarely been attempted, and not busting blocks, all special effects and people screaming, it focuses on human lives facing imminent death, and is pitch perfect. Also the repeated use of 'Waltzing Matilda' is brilliant :)
I really think that it's a happy film, why wouldn't it be
From book to celluloid done right!By MRoyan (3 reviews) , 20 Oct 2011Consider when this film was made and consider what the world had already been through, this film (perhaps the book more so) must have made people really worry and think about things hard. Those who had survived the Second World War must have recognised the futility of war, only to be presented with a reality check just a few years down the line. A simple flick of a switch and the world could be over.
If you strip away the standard orchestral music throughout 1950's films you are presented with a terrifying look at the end of days, the casting is excellent, there is humour and paranoia in equal measure. Even though film takes out some of the slower moments that exist in the book it is a very accurate rendition and readers will not be disappointed with this adaptation.