On the Beach

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Run time: 134 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 17th December 1959

Production compaines: Stanley Kramer Productions


Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew



Starring: as Dwight Towers, as Moira Davidson, as Julian Osborn, as Lt. Peter Holmes, as Mary Holmes, John Tate as Adm. Bridie

Also starring: ,

On the Beach Review

Never mind the unfortunate title, this ain't Frankie and Annette. On the Beach is a movie that begins with the apocalypse: Nuclear war has wiped out the entire world except for Australia. (They were making movies like this in 1959???) It's here we find a U.S. submarine hanging out amidst Aussies living their lives, pretty much as normal only with less booze. The catch: Everyone knows the end is coming, as nuclear fallout makes its way across the Oceans, due to arrive in a month or two. But what's this Morse code signal coming from San Diego? Could someone be alive and transmitting? The sub's off on a recon mission to the wasteland, and meanwhile the Australians come to grips with certain death in a matter of weeks. While heartbreaking and touching, it's hard to imagine that riots aren't rampant and that martial law isn't required, but hey, it's a movie, and quite a good -- if overlong -- one, at that.


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On the Beach Rating

" Excellent "