On the Beach

(DVD - 2000)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
On the Beach
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.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment : DVD Video, c2000
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 0792843614
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama ON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in


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Oct 13, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The end of the word may be many things, but I never thought it'd be so dull. Based on the equally dull novel by Nevil Shute, "On the Beach," which probably seemed very of the moment in the 50s, is set in a post-nuclear war world where somehow Australia has survived. And for some reason, a car race plays a big part in the plot. I guess, what else are you gonna do? There are some eerire shots of empty San Francisco streets and this was one of the first Hollywood productions to be filmed in Australia. The cast is good, but three out of four of them are laboring under bad accents: Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins, Fred Astaire. Gregory Peck is the lead. Stanley Kramer, who was known for his preachy, message movies ("The Defiant Ones," "Inherit the Wind") directs.

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.

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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