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On the Beach (2000)

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.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Nevil Shute (novel), John Paxton | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Cmdr. Dwight Towers
Rachel Ward ... Moira Davidson
Bryan Brown ... Dr. Julian Osborne
Jacqueline McKenzie ... Mary Davidson Holmes
Grant Bowler ... Lt. Peter Holmes
Allison Webber Allison Webber ... Jenny Holmes
Tieghan Webber Tieghan Webber ... Jenny Holmes
Steve Bastoni ... First Officer Neil Hirsch
David Ross Paterson ... Chief Wawrzeniak (as David Paterson)
Kevin Copeland ... Sonarman Bobby Swain
Todd MacDonald ... Radioman Giles
Joe Petruzzi Joe Petruzzi ... Lt. Tony Garcia
Craig Beamer Craig Beamer ... Crewman Reid
Jonathan Oldham Jonathan Oldham ... Crewman Parsons
Trent Huen Trent Huen ... Crewman Samuel Huynh
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La fin du monde See more »

Filming Locations:

Sorrento, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (3 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Los Angeles class submarine in this movie uses a "caterpillar" (silent) drive as was used by the Soviet submarine Red October in The Hunt for Red October (1990). See more »

Goofs

When they walk around in protective suits in Anchorage their only concern is their limited air supply. Suits do not protect from gamma rays, they only stop getting yourself contaminated with radiation emitting particles. Thus the time being exposed to radiation should be more critical than air supply. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Dwight Towers: I carried warheads on my boat. That is correct. I was damn proud of it too. I served my country the best way I know how. And the only question I ask myself these days and I'm asking it every single millisecond now whatever the hell's left of what I've got, if where was I, where were you? Where were any of us? 'Cause I don't know what the hell two insane nations were doing facing each other down all those years. All that had to be done was that the brains, you know, the rational minds, the ...
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Connections

Remake of On the Beach (1959) See more »

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First half bad, ending really good
26 November 2002 | by esargeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie across two nights on television.

I found that the first half dragged quite a bit with too much time spent on setting up the love triangle.

However, I found the ending really affecting and quite emotional. To put not too fine a point on it I was a little sleepless last night thinking about it. The acting in the ending is really quite good.

I also think that for its interesting premise - what would happen to society in its possible final dies - this film doesn't go into much detail. I would have thought that there would be lots of interesting things to would happen.

I think the stand out actors here are Jacqueline McKenzie (Mary Holmes) and Bryan Brown (Julian Osborne). They conveyed the emotion of their characters very well. I was quite disappointed with Armand Assante (Dwight Towers) as he didn't seem to have much of an emotional range.


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