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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet, Robert Carlyle, Tilda Swinton
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWM3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,267 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

Customer Reviews

Danny Boyle, the director, needs to take Common Film Knowledge 101 again, I'm afraid.
Mr. Andrules
I don't have a problem with people liking this movie if they have not read the book, but if you have read the book there is NO WAY you could like this movie!
Stephen S. Mills
Near the end, the film tries to teach us some sort of lesson about living life to its fullest, but it comes off as forced and contrived.
S. Sroczynski

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Smitherman on April 5, 2002
Format: DVD
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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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Ackermans on July 19, 2000
Format: DVD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MIKE PHILLIPS on August 1, 2000
Format: DVD
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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lady Loreleii on June 12, 2005
Format: DVD
If you know anything about philosophy, even the basics, you are probably familiar with Plato's allegory of the cave or the concept of "real" and "ideal" contrasts in everyday life. This book, made into a film, is an excellent example of the real and ideal contrasts. Ideal things are those that are divinely inspired: good, beauty and love. The real are things that are striving for ideals but are tainted by the human perception and emotions. These things are good, beauty and love mixed in with jealousy, hate, regret, envy, fear and control. Ideal or "platonic" love is much different that real love.
In THE BEACH, Richard, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is striving for the ideal. His whole life is spent travelling and searching for something better. When he finds it in The Beach, a little piece of divinity, he knows immediately that humans can't possible experience something so perfect without tainting it. Strangely, what happens is that everything that he felt before, he feels with increasing intensity. He feels love, sex, violence, everything more strongly (and more acceptable), and uses drugs as an escape or to intensify his experience. But, and here's the warning to us all, everything blows up in his face, driving him to breakdown.
To me, this film is a warning of the dangers of striving for something that we can't understand nevertheless control. the "Ideal" is not something for humans to experience in a tainted environment. This film also causes us to question the nature of humans: Good, Evil or just Misunderstood?
So, if you have been looking for something a little creepy, a little extreme, a little emotional, a love story, a murderstory, a comedy, a tragedy, or just something that will be a feast for your philosophical mind, this is the film for you. Or, if you just want to see a cool movie, there's lots of drugs, lots of sex, lots of violence (fighting, guns and the like)... this is the movie for you too!
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