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Beach Red (1967)

Approved | | Drama, War | 18 November 1967 (Japan)
As a US marine unit fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island, both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories.

Director:

Cornel Wilde

Writers:

Clint Johnston (screenplay), Don Peters (screenplay) (as Donald A. Peters) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cornel Wilde ... Capt. MacDonald / Narrator
Rip Torn ... Sergeant Honeywell
Burr DeBenning ... Egan
Patrick Wolfe Patrick Wolfe ... Cliff
Jean Wallace ... Julie
Jaime Sánchez ... Colombo (as Jaime Sanchez)
Dale Ishimoto ... Captain Tanaka
Genki Koyama Genki Koyama ... Colonel Sugiyama
Gene Blakely Gene Blakely ... Goldberg (Combat Cameraman)
Michael Parsons Michael Parsons ... Sergeant Lindstrom
Norman Pak Norman Pak ... Nakano
Dewey Stringer Dewey Stringer ... Mouse
Fred Galang Fred Galang ... Lieutenant Domingo
Hiroshi Kiyama Hiroshi Kiyama ... Mishio
Michio Hazama ... Captain Kondo
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American Marines storm ashore on a Japanese-held island and push inland while their enemy plans a counterattack, in this look at warfare. Fighting men on both sides are haunted by memories of home and the horrifying, sickening images they experience in combat. Written by Martin H. Booda <booda@datasync.com>

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Drama | War

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Trivia

The opening landing sequence in the Steven Spielberg World War II movie Saving Private Ryan (1998) are quite similar to those in this film, especially the scenes where an American soldier has his arm blown off and staggers around until he finds it and picks it up. Upon this film's release that scene caused a firestorm of controversy regarding on-screen violence, but by the time "Ryan" came out, its sequence showing that same incident caused little if any comment. See more »

Goofs

The "Japanese" aircraft are not Japanese attack aircraft. A second side view as they were departing showed them to be Mooney M21's. Their distinctive tail shows this very clearly. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Honeywell: That's what we're here for. To kill. The rest is all crap!
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Connections

Referenced in Conker: Live and Reloaded (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Title Song
Sung by Jean Wallace
Written by Cornel Wilde (as Elbey Vid)
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Like an old cinematic friend - where's it been all these years?
24 May 2005 | by Bobs-9See all my reviews

I was really delighted to see the DVD of "Beach Red" in a video store last week, and of course I immediately bought it. I see that several commentators here have said something like "where did this come from, and how come I never saw it before?" Indeed, it's become something of a rare film over the years. I saw it in 1967 with my uncle, who was a World War II veteran who served in Europe. I was about 14 then, and its style, which was strikingly progressive for that time, made a deep impression on me. To me it seemed moody and dream-like, and it's been so long since I saw it, or even any discussion of it, that I almost felt as if I had dreamed seeing it in the first place. I was bowled over by it at the time. My uncle didn't care for it, as I think he expected a more traditional war film. He was one of those "sees things in black and white" types of guys, and though he didn't bother to explain it to me, I think the internal monologues, flashbacks, sexual encounters, and humanizing of the enemy in a war film just didn't wash with him.

Now, close to 40 years later, I finally saw it for a second time. I can see some clumsiness in the characterization and dialog that didn't strike me way back then. But I can also see why it seemed so audacious in 1967 as well. From my perspective, this was the first of what I would consider a "modern" war film that I experienced, and as such I tend to regard it as sort of a landmark. I can appreciate it more now as a pure ANTI-war film than I could back then, when it just struck me as strange, exotic, and titillating both for its sexual content and graphic violence. Just like the Sergio Leone spaghetti-westerns made traditional American westerns seem old-hat overnight, I could never look at traditional war films with the same eye again after seeing this back in 1967. I'm very glad to make its acquaintance again after all these years.


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Language:

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Release Date:

18 November 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Playa roja See more »

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Theodora Productions See more »
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Color (archive footage)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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