On the Beach is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, that stars Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins.
28 May 2000. ( 2000-05-28) On the Beach is a 2000 apocalyptic made-for-television film directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Armand Assante, Bryan Brown, and Rachel Ward. It was originally aired on Showtime. The film is a remake of a 1959 film, which was also based on the 1957 novel by Nevil Shute, but updates the setting of the story to the ...
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In early 1964 (five years in the future), in the months following World War III, the conflict has devastated the Northern Hemisphere, killing all humans after polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout. Air currents are slowly carrying the fallout south; the only areas still habitable are in the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere. Australian survivors detect an incomprehensible Morse code signal coming from the presumed dead West Coast of the United States. The American nuclear submarine, USS Sawfish, now under Royal Australian Navy command, is ordered to sail north and make contact with the sender of the Morse signal. The submarine is commanded by Capt. Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck), who leaves behind his new friend, the alcoholicMoira Davidson (Ava Gardner). The Australian government arranges for its citizens to receive suicide pills or prepared injections so they may end their lives quickly before there is prolonged suffering from radiation sickness. An Australian naval off...
As in the novel, much of On the Beach takes place in Melbourne, close to the southernmost part of the Australian mainland. Principal photography took place from mid-January to March 27, 1959 in Australia. Beach scenes were filmed at the foreshore of Cowes on Phillip Island. The film was shot in part in Berwick, then a suburb outside Melbourne and part in Frankston, also a Melbourne suburb. The well-known scene where Peck meets Gardner, who arrives from Melbourne by rail, was filmed on platform #1 of Frankston railway station, now rebuilt, and a subsequent scene where Peck and Gardner are transported off by horse and buggy, was filmed in Young Street, Frankston. Some streets which were being built at the time in Berwick were named after people involved in the film. Two examples are Shute Avenue (Nevil Shute) and Kramer Drive (Stanley Kramer).[Note 2] The "Australian Grand Prix" in the novel had the racing sequences filmed at Riverside Raceway in California and at Phillip Island Grand...
On the Beach premiered simultaneously in 18 theaters on all seven continents on December 17, 1959. The Hollywood premiere was attended by the film's stars, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins, director Stanley Kramer, in addition to other celebrities, including Cary Grant. The New York premiere was attended by Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr.. The London premiere was attended by Soviet Ambassador to the United Kingdom Yakov Malik. Star Ava Gardner attended the Rome premiere. The Tokyo premiere was attended by members of the Japanese Royal Family. The Stockholm premiere was attended by King Gustav VI. The Melbourne premiere was attended by Premier of Victoria Henry Bolte. Other premieres were held in West Berlin, Caracas, Chicago, Johannesburg, Lima, Paris, Toronto, Washington, D.C. and Zurich The film was even screened in a theater at the Little Americabase in Antarctica. Although the film did not receive a commercial release in the Soviet Union, a special premiere was unprecedentedly arrang...
On the Beach was remade in 2000 as an Australian television film by Southern Star Productions, directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Armand Assante, Bryan Brown, and Rachel Ward. It was originally aired on Showtime. The remake of the 1959 film was also based on the 1957 novel by Nevil Shute, but updates the setting of the story to the film's then-future of 2005, starting with placing the crew on the fictional Los Angeles-class USS Charleston (SSN-704) submarineand also changing the final actions of Towers.
The 2013 documentary Fallout by Melbourne filmmaker Lawrence Johnston explores Shute's life and Kramer's making of On the Beach, with interviews of Shute's daughter, Kramer's wife, Karen, and Donna Anderson, one of the film's last surviving cast members. Falloutwas produced by Peter Kaufmann.On the Beach at the TCM Movie DatabaseOn the Beach at IMDbOn the Beach at AllMovieGeoff Stanton, "Apocalypse Then: the Making of On the Beach", Filmink Magazine2010
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On the Beach: Directed by Stanley Kramer. With Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins. 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.
- Stanley Kramer
- Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire
On the Beach: Directed by Russell Mulcahy. With Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Jacqueline McKenzie. 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.
- Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown
- Russell Mulcahy
On the Beach received two Academy Award nominations, for Best Film Editing and Best Music (Score). In 2000 the Showtime cable network and an Australian company, Coote Hayes Productions, co-produced a three-part television miniseries of On the Beach starring Armand Assante, Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, directed by Russell Mulcahy.
- Stanley Kramer, Ivan Volkman
- Gregory Peck
Gloomy doomsday film that is more talky, melodramatic and numbing than imaginative. March 6, 2008 ... Audience Reviews for On the Beach. Jun 29, 2013.
On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic, end-of-the-world novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. It was published...
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REEL STREETS OF MELBOURNE - EPISODE 5From January to March in 1959, Hollywood came to Melbourne to shoot the film On The Beach. It was directed by Stanley Kr...
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