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On the Beach

1959
Drama, Sci-fi
2h 14m
The residents of Australia after a global nuclear war must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (imdb)
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77th
7
Respectable, dignified adaptation of Nevil Shute’s compulsive downer of a novel. Solid work by Peck, Gardner and Astaire - the latter a real change of pace in what I understand was his first dramatic performance, although Perkins seems uncomfortable in his role. Uneven, long but never dull and the final moments are powerfully rendered other than a clumsy final shot. Odd that it was Oscar-nominated for its score, which is largely a particularly mournful version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ playe
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86th
80
Kramer's take on the end of the world is intoxicating and you'll be in turn thoroughly depressed and, depending on your tolerance level for sentimentality, averse to the more maudlin beats. For this subject matter, however, you really do need something contrapuntal... so those moments are (almost) justified. The Grand Prix parable was powerful. Fred Astaire, in a serious role, all but steals the film.
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85th
85
One of the most powerful movies I've ever seen -- so powerful that, as a child of the Cold War, it horrifies me to the point that I cannot watch it.
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16th
55
At its heights it's almost a 50's Children of Men: using sci-fi to dramatize cultural anxieties. But it too often boils down to showing how nukes can destroy melodramatic romances. The writing is clunky, as the dialogue can be trite and the Men on a Mission plot doesn't start until late in the film. Clever photography & Peck's great performance aren't enough for a recommendation. Avoid. Instead watch The World, The Flesh, and the Devil, from the same year & see a better post-apocalyptic story.
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16th
43
For a movie with such a simple and eminently workable concept, the screenplay picks the most circuitous, tiresome routes to take through it. The narratives of the two main couples switch off at random, with no thematic parallels and little of the tension maintained. I agree with its message, but the film plods with such tendentiousness and mawkishness that I just don't care.
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