On the Beach

Starring: Ava Gardner & Gregory Peck Director: Stanley Kramer
Rating 4.1
113 ratings
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Item:  MGMV 908372D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 14 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Packaging: Keep Case
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
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Description by OLDIES.com:

The war is over. Nobody won. Only the inhabitants of Australia and the men of the U.S. submarine Sawfish have escaped the nuclear destruction and radiation. Captain Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck) takes the Sawfish on a mission to see if an approaching radiation cloud has weakened, but returns with grim news: the cloud is lethal. With the days and hours dwindling, each person confronts the grim situation in his or her own way. One (Fred Astaire) realizes a lifetime Grand Prix ambition, another (Ava Gardner) reaches out for a chance at love. The final chapter of human history is coming to a close...

Product Description:

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).

Plot 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.

Plot Keywords:

Australia | Classic | Disturbing | Nuclear Destruction | Post-Apocalypse | Recommended | Science-Fiction | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production 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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  • UPC: 027616837226
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
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