The Beach

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For his first major project after the overwhelming success of Titanic, Leonardo Di Caprio took a risky path in this adaptation of Alex Garland's acclaimed novel, directed by Danny Boyle. Richard Di Caprio is an American backpacking through Asia with a handful of friends from Europe. While in Bangkok, he meets a mad Scotsman who calls himself Daffy Duck Robert Carlyle. Shortly before Mr. Duck kills himself, he gives Richard a crude map to a place in Thailand that he claims is paradise on earth: beautiful, ...
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For his first major project after the overwhelming success of Titanic, Leonardo Di Caprio took a risky path in this adaptation of Alex Garland's acclaimed novel, directed by Danny Boyle. Richard Di Caprio is an American backpacking through Asia with a handful of friends from Europe. While in Bangkok, he meets a mad Scotsman who calls himself Daffy Duck Robert Carlyle. Shortly before Mr. Duck kills himself, he gives Richard a crude map to a place in Thailand that he claims is paradise on earth: beautiful, unspoiled, and uninhabited. For lack of anything better to do, Richard and his companions try to locate the spot, which, after a dangerous and taxing journey, takes them to a beach as beautiful as Duck said it would be. Richard and his friends settle in, but before long they discover that they are not alone; a large group of fellow travelers has already dug themselves in, and they have established a community with the same social evils that Richard was hoping to leave behind. Just as important, there is an army of natives who grow marijuana in the nearby hills and do not appreciate the presence of these visitors. The Beach proved controversial during production, partly due to production delays and shifting release dates, partly due to environmental concerns after crew members bulldozed parts of the Thai island of Phi Phi Le for the planting of non-native trees.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An exotic, allegorical tale whose precedents stretch back to the story of the Garden of Eden in the Bible, this glossy adaptation of Alex Garland's novel The Beach utilizes teen idol Leonardo DiCaprio as the vessel by which distrust and betrayal are introduced into a tropical paradise. Playing a young American tourist in Bangkok in search of decadent thrills, Leo convinces two French tourists Guillaume Canet and the gorgeous and gifted Virginie Ledoyen to accompany him to a remote island off the coast of Thailand. Their arrival engenders a gradual disintegration of the island's community of peace-loving bohemian émigrés and gun-toting marijuana farmers -- eventually imperiling this Shangri-la from without as well as within. Director Danny Boyle Trainspotting uses the stunningly picturesque Asian locations to great effect as a backdrop for this tale of passion and deceit. If the ultimate point of The Beach is that an idyllic existence is fundamentally incompatible with human nature, the glimpse it offers of paradise is nonetheless tantalizing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2002
  • UPC: 024543029410
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Richard
Tilda Swinton Sal
Virginie Ledoyen Francoise
Guillaume Canet Etienne
Paterson Joseph Keaty
Robert Carlyle Daffy Duck
Peter Youngblood Hills Zeph
Jerry Swindall Sammy
Lars Arentz Hansen Bugs
Myriam Acharki Beach community member
Jak Boon Travel agent
Daniel Caltagirone Unhygenix
Andrew Carmichael Beach community member
Sanya "Gai" Cheunjit Farmer
Joshua Cole Beach community member
Hélène de Fougerolles Beach community member
Bindu de Stoppani Beach community member
Peter Gevisser Gregorio
Samue Gough Guitarman
Stacy A. Hart Beach community member
Jukka Hiltunen Karl
Simone Huber Eva
Nina Jacques Beach community member
Sheriden Jones Beach community member
Abhijati Jusakul Senior farmer
Gunilla Karlson Beach community member
Kaneung "Nueng" Kenla Farmer
Staffan Kihlbom Christo
Magnus Lindgren Sten
Sian Martin Beach community member
Saskia Mulder Hilda
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon Hotel Receptionist
Somboon Phutaroth Cleaning woman
Somchai Santitarangkul Farmer
Isabella Seibert Beach community member
Kawee "Seng" Sirikanerat Farmer
Somkuan "Kuan" Siroon Farmer
Victoria Smurfit Weathergirl
Raweeporn Srimonju Sumet
Krongthong Thampradith Woman with key
Elizabeth Thomas Beach community member
Michael R. Thorpe Beach community member
Zelda Tinska Sonja
Timothy Webster Beach community member
Weeratham "Norman" Wichairaksakul Detective, Detective"
Ramon Woolfe Beach community member
Daniel York Hustler
Lidija Zovkic Mirjana
Technical Credits
Danny Boyle Director
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Clive Beard Special Effects Supervisor
Jo Burn Production Manager
Richard Clarke Special Effects
Dayne Cowan Special Effects
Steve Cullane Special Effects
Adrian De Wet Special Effects
Bionic Digital Special Effects
Kate Dowd Casting
Richard Ducker Special Effects
Robert Duncan Special Effects Supervisor
Usarawadee "Moo Dang" Eamsakul Asst. Director
Polly Earnshaw Makeup
Ricky Eyres Art Director
Ian Fellows Animator
Rachael Fleming Costumes/Costume Designer
John Fontana Special Effects
Glenn Freemantle Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Glass Special Effects
Louis Glickman Set Decoration/Design
Sally Goldberg Special Effects
Ruth Greenberg Special Effects
Graham Hall Camera Operator
Nick Heckstall-Smith Asst. Director
Masahiro Hirakubo Editor
John Hodge Screenwriter
Daren Horley Special Effects
Drew Jones Special Effects
Po Ketkorn Special Effects
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Siobhan Lo Animator
Andrew Macdonald Producer
Tippawan "Paew" Mamanee Asst. Director
David Marsh Special Effects
Justin Martin Special Effects
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Callum McDougall Co-producer
Mike Milne Special Effects
Chris Monks Special Effects
Stephen Murphy Special Effects
Mark Nettleton Special Effects
Wiroj "Roj" Nu Special Effects
Tim Osborne Special Effects
Chalermpol "Pol" Pan Special Effects
Dominic Parker Special Effects Supervisor
Piya Pestonji Production Manager
Anna Pinnock Set Decoration/Design
Anton Prickett Special Effects
Carlos Rosas Special Effects
Ben Scott Art Director
Andrea Slater Asst. Director
Raweeporn Srimonju Casting
Gail Stevens Casting
Richard Styles Asst. Director
Kuladee Suchatanian Art Director
Charlie Sungkawess Asst. Director
Kat Szuminska Special Effects
Ian Thompson Special Effects
Joh Thum Special Effects
George Walker Asst. Director
Oscar Wilson Set Decoration/Design
Steven Winslow Camera Operator
Prajuab Yasuk Special Effects
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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    more from this reviewer

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    love Leo

    and he was great in this movie he really was nice!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Great!

    One of DiCaprio's best films. Very cool script, wonderful nature and good cast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    you click through channels and catch a movie that interests you but you always catch the ending but not the beginning? this is a movie you should see at the beginning then you have an idea what's going on. this is about a 3 people and a mysterious map and a truly breathtakingly beautiful beach. this film was weird and some of the scenes looked ridiculously creepy. was surprised when i saw danny boyle's name and i thought oh the guy who did 28 days later. to me this has to be leonardo's weirdest performance's ever and after the credits roll i was like poor leo. interesting story though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant!

    The Beach was honestly the best movie i have ever seen. the story, the filming, the voriety of beauty and devistation. Its a great film that evryone should go see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rockin movie

    this movie was great! The first time I saw it was in the movie theater! The movie was devine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyable film!

    Sure this movie may not be for everybody... but personally I found it very interesting and entertaining. A movie that gives us a lesson about paradise and how it can be spoiled. Leo does a great job as does the rest of the cast. Scenery is stunning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    HORRIBLE

    This is the worst movie I have ever seen. After every bad movie I have seen after it, my family and I say 'well that wasn't as bad as the beach.' It was disturbing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the beach:heaven

    the beach is an excellent representation of the struggle to find paradise on earth.i loved it it was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    the beach review

    the video of the beach is one of the best videos i have ever seen in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    paradise

    Paradise is not actually a psysical place, is just a state of mind. If you are lucky enough to find it, it will stay forever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's amazing!!!!!!!

    It's amazing,that's all that I can say......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Beach: Paradise?

    The beach is one of the most accurate portrayals of the struggle to find paradise and keep it alive. For the group of humans that found the island paradise, life was simple. When certain events threaten their world however, their deepest animal insticts come out and they will do anything to protect their world. The images and actions of the characters are psychologically appealing and thought provoking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Leonardo's Most Striking, Daring, and most Acclaimed performance yet!''

    Danny Boyle's The Beach was without a doubt a wonderful piece of work, acquiring the American man's dream of finding closure, and more yet a sense of sanctuary. Leonardo Dicaprio was undoubtedly at his best, giving the audience a strong and believing performance. The Beach captured the heart of ultimately everyone in the world, portraying a sense of restlessness and human emotion. Mr. Dicaprio won the hearts of the audience, through his appeal, his character, and most of all, through choosing such a provocative film. Danny Boyle's The Beach deserves 5 stars, wholeheartedly!

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    Posted May 27, 2009

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    Posted December 12, 2009

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