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On the Beach
Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner




Overview -
After the entire Northern Hemisphere is destroyed by a nuclear war, a group of survivors in Australia prepare for their own inevitable demise. As a deadly cloud of radiation creeps toward the continent, some survivors cling to hopes that life as they know it has continued somewhere, hopes that are fed by the discovery of a mysterious, erratic radio signal emanating from San Diego. Others, such as Astaire's sardonic, race-car driving physicist and Gardner's world-weary, tippling party girl, throw their energies into squeezing the last drops from their lives. A grim, unflinching clarion call for sanity that inches along at a maddeningly deliberate and suspenseful pace. Based on the novel by Nevil Shute. Academy Award Nominations: 2, Best Editing (Frederic Knudtson) and Best Score (Ernest Gold).

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Overview

After the entire Northern Hemisphere is destroyed by a nuclear war, a group of survivors in Australia prepare for their own inevitable demise. As a deadly cloud of radiation creeps toward the continent, some survivors cling to hopes that life as they know it has continued somewhere, hopes that are fed by the discovery of a mysterious, erratic radio signal emanating from San Diego. Others, such as Astaire's sardonic, race-car driving physicist and Gardner's world-weary, tippling party girl, throw their energies into squeezing the last drops from their lives. A grim, unflinching clarion call for sanity that inches along at a maddeningly deliberate and suspenseful pace. Based on the novel by Nevil Shute. Academy Award Nominations: 2, Best Editing (Frederic Knudtson) and Best Score (Ernest Gold).

Main Cast & Crew

Stanley Kramer - Director
Gregory Peck
Ava Gardner
Fred Astaire
Anthony Perkins
Donna Anderson
John Tate
Lola Brooks
John Meillon
Lou Vernon
Guy Doleman

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 135
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 738329136321
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: February 2000

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Classic
Nuclear Destruction
Post-Apocalypse
Science-Fiction
Suspense
Thriller
Recommended
Disturbing
Theatrical Release
Australia

 

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Synopsis:
This gripping, anti-nuclear drama imagines the world after the H-bomb is dropped. The only survivors are in Australia, waiting for the clouds of radiation to blow their way. Along with the Australians, is an American submarine crew that was undersea when the bomb exploded. The film tells a tale of human beings copping with imminent death and the final destruction of the earth.

Notes:
Premiered simultaneously in 18 cities on 7 continents. Linus Pauling, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning chemist, said about the film, "It may be that some years from now we can look back and say that ON THE BEACH is the movie that saved the world."

 

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