On the Beach

On the Beach

DVD - 2000
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Radioactive fallout from a nuclear war has wiped out the entire northern hemisphere, with the exception of Australia. 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: 9780792843610
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA ON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 27, 2016

Ok-it's a movie about an impending apocalypse- made in 1959.

Feb 18, 2016

Released in 1959 - "On The Beach" is actually a fairly thoughtful version of Nevil Shute's novel about Australians awaiting the effects of nuclear fallout from an explosion that has depopulated the rest of the world.

This film features an all-star cast which includes - Gregory Peck, Fred Astaire, Ava Gardner and Anthony Perkins, to name but a few.

Feb 12, 2016

Umm.. ya... what's with this system that tells us this is a 2014 movie/dvd... really a pain...

Dec 09, 2015

This is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic SF produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, based on Nevil Shute's 1957 novel of the same name depicting a nuclear war and its aftermath.
During 1964, in the months following World War III, the conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout, killing all life there.
Air currents are slowly carrying the fallout south.
The only areas still habitable are in the far reaches of the southern hemisphere.
The first half of the film ran so slowly without any interesting or chilling actions that I got unbearably bored.
The romance between the captain and the Ava Gardner character looks unrealistic and overacting---even silly.
Fred Astaire doesn't tap-dance at all.
Although the film seems uneventful, I understand at least the theme: "There is still time, Brother."

Nov 29, 2015

"On the Beach" fascinates me. Now that we are in the grip of abrupt climate change, we may see a similar scenario unfold. We may see an increase in risky behavior such as insane car races. We are certainly seeing denial. My hope is that our beloved Oregon extends the Death with Dignity statute so that we can opt out of suffering at the end of human civilization.

Oct 13, 2014

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.

voisjoe1 Mar 03, 2014

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

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

Oct 14, 2010

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

Couldnt finish watching - it was rather boring.

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