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The Beach (1999)

Leonardo DiCaprio , Virginie Ledoyen , Danny Boyle  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, Robert Carlyle, Tilda Swinton
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWM3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,394 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Beach" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes and Alternate Ending
  • All Saints music video "Pure Shores"
  • Storyboard Gallery and TV spots

Editorial Reviews

Leonardo DiCaprio is electrifying (David Sheehan, CBS-TV) in this adrenaline-drenched, tantalizingly seductive thriller from the director of Trainspotting. Richard (DiCaprio), a young American backpacker, is willing to risk his life for just one thing

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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie to discover July 19, 2000
I've read Garland's novel and I must say that it's a difficult exercise to adapt this novel for the screen. But in general, I think that the adaptation Boyle and his team made was rather good. The movie reviewers have tried to kill this film, I don't know why... Maybe because they didn't really understand it.... Cause The Beach goes in many directions, it's a movie on which it's not easy to stick a label... It's not an adventure movie, nor an action movie... neither a love story, nor an "art et essai" film, it's maybe all those categories... and probably the reason why this movie "failed" with large audiences...
The Beach is a sort of metaphor... It tells the story of a quest... a quest for humanity and above all a discovery of how human beeings can become when they want to protect their selfish "little universe"... and how they react when they are confronted with the reality... Different themes are broached : utopia of a better world, death, honesty, betrayal, madness, sectarianism, violence, drugs... It's also a bitter critic of our way of life, of our western culture and of our incompetence to escape from it... A critic also of the american hegemony...
Well... technically, The Beach is a wonder... The french Darius Khonji has, as usual, put all his talents in the cinematography and captured all the beauties of Thailand... The soundtrack is completely adapted with Danny Boyle's way of filming; dynamic, going from one scene to another, abrupt, rough... Actors-wise, the british actors Paterson Joseph (Keatty) and Tilda Swinton (Sals) deserved longer roles, the french Guillaume Canet as well... But their characters in the novel are not very developed either so... The rest of the cast (Swedish, danish, spanish actors) are good...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Read the book instead April 5, 2002
The Beach tried its best to be good, but didn't really live up to its potential. So many things could have been done to make it a good movie, but the need for sex overcame the want for quality. This movie is supposed to be about society and Paradise and things like that, but in reality it is an action flick with sex. Because we need sex, of course; "we" meaning the general public. What bothers me is not the fact there is sex, but the fact that the book The Beach had none whatsoever. If the movie had been kept closer to the book's story, it would have been so much better. Mind you, I'm not someone who bashes movies with sex in them. I just wish that the movie was more like the book in that respect. It's just wrong, frankly.
Anyhoo, I watched this movie only because I read the book in English class this year. It was a very good book, and I recommend it to anyone who either liked the movie, or enjoys fast-paced books with great character development and underlying meanings.
However, I liked the happy ending of the movie. Not as good as the book's ending, but happy. I like happy endings. :)
I predict that at least 4 people will find this review unhelpful. ;)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Leo is fine, the movie suffers.... August 1, 2000
I have been a fan of Leo Dicaprio since he was Luke on Growing Pains, thru his oscar nomination as Johnny Depps brother in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape,to his tortured Romeo in Romeo & Julitte, to his 15 minute cameo in the wonderful Celebrity & up to & including this picture. However, the movie itself stinks. It's some type of goofy Heart of Darkness/Apocolypse Now wannabe, never nearing the greatness of those stories. Instead, it innanely focuses on a Utopian beachfront that, for how secluded its supposed to be, seems easily found by friends and foes alike. Leo's exile to the hilltop to await the arrival of the unsuspecting trespassers turns his character, for some reason,(island fever?) into some deranged Martin Sheen like killer. Its only when he witnesses killing close up that he begins to have second thoughts about what he's actually defending & why he's really there; and for that matter, what he's really doing with his life. Like I said, Dicaprio is fine, even with this banal material. Lets just try to forget he did this picture and hope that he waits for another story worthy of his acting abilities( like Gilbert Grape, the Basketball Diaries, Titanic, etc...).
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thoughts.... July 14, 2000
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Taken for it's face value "The Beach" is an entertaining, lavish and exiting movie working on 2 levels: The humoristic, superficial contemporary picture of a backpacker in beautiful surroundings, which becomes second nature to the moviegoer and vanishing just as quickly as the coke and popcorn enjoyed, if this is what one is looking for - or leaving the committed moviegoer with a nagging point of a knife constantly rousing the consciousness making it wonder: What was that all about? Why? - and following a further dive into the inner deep likewise little by little brings up to mind questions and replies. The message is clear - it does, however, require efforts of the moviegoer her/himself to put words to it. And exactly that situation has been the wish of Danny Boyle, I believe!
If one has expectations about experiencing a "Trainspotting 2", a successor to "Titanic" with a Jack Dawson risen from the dead - or a true copy of Alex Garland's book by the same name - well, then you will most likely return home in disappointment - as it meets with none of these. "The Beach" has been scripted freely after the book, and going to the theater with an open mind and wide open eyes - well, then you will be awarded with 2 hrs. of entertainment with an incredibly well-playing Leonardo DiCaprio, beautiful footage by Darius Khondji, exciting and surprising sound-, picture- and light effects and not the least a lot to think about following in respect to our modern society and materialistic based happiness!
With this role Leonardo DiCaprio has returned pretty close to his earliest and very highly acknowledged performances of misfit characters as i.e. Arnie (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), Arthur Rimbaud (Total Eclipse), Jim (Basket Ball Diaries) and Hank (Marvin's Room).
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5.0 out of 5 stars everyones a critic....
everyones a freakin critic....

Honestly.... everyone keeps talking about the adaptation of the book to film; yet they fail to just simply enjoy the film for what it is. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Derrick Allen Brantley
4.0 out of 5 stars A spectacle of events
This movie has Leonardo DiCaprio in it so that means it's worth owning and watching. This movie is great. It showcases how a journey can show you what life really means.
Published 1 month ago by khatreyis
3.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack does a lot
The soundtrack was horrible. I didn't like the whole message either. I wish they would've spent more time on the island as a community.
Published 1 month ago by Tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble in Paradise
The Beach, a 2000 adventure/drama film written by John Hodge and directed by Danny Boyle, was a film I wanted to love, but in the end could only bring myself to like. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scrimshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie's meaning has more of a presence than DiCaprio.
Now that I'm older I get a better understanding of the message behind the story. Still want to read the book.
Published 2 months ago by Craig
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
Kept waiting for it to get better....believe it or got worse!! I can't believe when the movie wrapped anyone sat around and said... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael A. Cavenas
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beach
Fantastic movie! Especially if you have ever visited Thailand and have gone to PiPi island. (the setting) This movie has it all! Decapprio lovers will really love this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sandra
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
If you're into it then you'll like it. It was a bit strange, didn't know what I was watching at first.. I liked it.
Published 2 months ago by t
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay; Strange Plot
The movie was very interesting but fell short with the ending. The plot was strange and hard to follow at times.
Published 2 months ago by Emily Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie...
I love the "The Beach" novel. It's a book that I will re-read every couple of years. The movie isn't bad but it is somewhat dated and just isn't deserving of more than a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by j
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