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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"I'm Gonna Bayonet 'Em, Break Their Arms, So They Don't Give Me No More Trouble! That's What We're Here For...To Kill...The Rest Is All Bull!" See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

18 November 1967 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Playa roja See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Theodora Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie has only one musical element. This is a song written by Antonino Buenaventura and sung by Jean Wallace. It also is heard in other variations throughout the film. See more »

Goofs

The American tanks are portrayed by M41 Walker Bulldogs, which were not developed until after the war. 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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6 August 2003 | by askroll-1See all my reviews

I can't imagine this movie escaping my notice, as I'm something of a war-movie buff but this was a new one to me. First of all, the violence is shocking. This movie does not conform to what Paul Fussell (A WWII veteran) has described as Hollywood's sanitizing of combat. Men's limbs come off. People bleed out after getting stabbed. You are made to care for the soldiers on both sides. You witness seppuku (ritual disembowelment). It's an utterly unorthodox take on Pacific-island combat, replete with unbelievably accurate on-screen ordnance. Flamethrowers, mortars, chattering water-cooled guns. It's harrowing and deeply touching, reminding the viewer how wasteful but ultimately necessary it may be to kill fanatics. Awesome. The flashback scenes are weird; the lock-down focus zooms are quite strange but somehow appropriate. The combat footage is indistinguishable from actual War Department stuff. Indeed, a cameraman plays a key roll. The fact that there is a not a sanitized ending merely strengthens this movie, in my opinion. Being a US Marine has never been easy, I would guess. But taking an island defended by soldiers who would die to a man is even tougher. It humanizes the war; puts a face on it. Then part of that face is blown off. I've never seen anything like it. It's more "Band of Brothers" than "Saving Private Ryan" and, given the context of 1967, even more amazing. A must-see.


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