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On the Beach

(DVD - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On the Beach
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Radioactive fallout from a nuclear war has wiped out the entire northern hemisphere. Australia is the only civilized area spared from destruction. With fallout expected momentarily, the Australians review their lives, establish new relationships and prepare for their tragic demise.
Title: On the beach
[videorecording]
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment : DVD Video, c2000
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Stanley Kramer presents a United Artists release ; Lomitas Productions, Inc. ; screenplay by John Paxton ; produced and directed by Stanley Kramer
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture by Lomitas Productions and released by United Artists in 1959
Based on: On the beach by Nevil Shute
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Radioactive fallout from a nuclear war has wiped out the entire northern hemisphere. Australia is the only civilized area spared from destruction. With fallout expected momentarily, the Australians review their lives, establish new relationships and prepare for their tragic demise.
ISBN: 0792843614
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama ON
Performers: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins, Donna Anderson.
System Details: DVD
Other Language: Closed-captioned ; English or French ; French and Spanish language subtitles
Subject Headings: Nuclear warfare Drama Film adaptations
Genre/Form: Science fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Nuclear warfare
Film adaptations
Publisher No: 908372 : MGM Home Entertainment/DVD Video
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Mar 03, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

On the Beach is based upon a novel by Nevil Shute that deals with the aftereffects of nuclear war. We don’t see any of the war, but we do see the aftereffects as the radioactive fallout drifts across the globe. The book is on many college prep lists and, amazingly still today, some of the science deniers in Congress actually suggest that a little fallout (from tactical nuclear weapons) is not that bad at all. Today we have an additional problem - climate change. So we the people have increased our ability to end human life on earth. Before we could do it with nuclear weapons (or nuclear plant accidents) , but now we can do it also with out of control climate change.

I think it was Stanley Kramer, not Kubrick.

May 21, 2011
  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Umm... Stanley Kubrick had nothing to do with this movie. I think you've made a mistake.

Oct 14, 2010
  • melbl8tr rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Unfortunately, Stanley Kubrick insisted on major changes to the story. Not a bad film but the novel tells a much more powerful tale.

Jun 18, 2010
  • suefitz rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Couldnt finish watching - it was rather boring.

Mar 23, 2010
  • BDLange rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Timeless! A must watch, it makes you really think about how individuals deal with things differently. Read the book too!

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