On the Beach

1959

Action / Drama / Romance / Sci-Fi

38
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 74%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 10409

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Cast

Gregory Peck as Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers, USS Sawfish
Fred Astaire as Julian Osborne
Ava Gardner as Moira Davidson
Anthony Perkins as Lt. Peter Holmes - Royal Australian Navy
1080p.BLU
1.95 GB
1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
2hr 14 min
P/S 3 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ildimo-35223 7 / 10

Solid post-apocalyptic old school drama

Still this one remains perhaps the most effective "end of the world as we know it" american films, cool-headed in frozen cold war times, with an unusually light touch by the Oliver Stone (but a tad more significant in my books) of those days. Not in the least pedantic, never dull (though a bit stretching at 134 minutes), at times almost elegiac and decidedly pessimistic, Kramer's On the Beach boasts a typically strong cast, crowned by a fantastic playing off each other of Peck and Gardner, with the latter being nothing sort of magnificent in her vulnerable first hour in the film. Premiered, among others, in Moscow 58 years ago this month. Peck, a life long supporter of nuclear disarmament, attended.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 2 / 10

As upsetting as 'Testament'

If you don't read the plot synopsis, it'll take you 25 minutes to figure out what this movie is about, so I'll save you some time. On the Beach takes place in a fictional nuclear fallout. It's one of those "We've been nuked and we're all gonna die" movies. I can't watch these movies; they're just too upsetting. So, as a disclaimer, I'll admit that I didn't watch the entire movie. I fast forwarded large chunks of it until I finally made it to the end.

Anthony Perkins and his emotional wife Donna Anderson must come to terms that their newborn baby won't see her first birthday. Gregory Peck is separated from his wife and children and will never see them again. Ava Gardner doesn't want to die alone. And Fred Astaire is the man who designed the nuclear bomb, and he drowns his guilt in alcohol. While Fred was nominated for an Oscar for the first time in 1975, I'm surprised he wasn't nominated for this dark, non-singing, non-dancing, dramatic role. Hollywood rewards actors who go against type sometimes, but Fred would have to wait 15 more years before his chance at a competitive Oscar.

I'm sure there are people who like these types of movies, like Testament and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, but I am definitely not one of them. I absolutely hate them. I find them scarier than horror movies.

Reviewed by alessio_salsano-42958 8 / 10

Well done movie addressing themes just as relevant today as in1959

I recently watched the movie on DVD with my eleven year old grandson who wanted to watch a movie that dealt with nuclear war. Ironically I was his age when the events of the movie were to have taken place. He was every bit as stunned and transfixed as I was when I first saw it. As for me now in my 60s the very overwhelming issues of the survival and/or destruction of humanity from that era actually brought tears to my eyes. Having read the book I must agree the movie was superior in touching the subject of nuclear annihilation.

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