On the Beach
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Bryan Brown who plays Julian Osborne a scientist is a great Australian actor who is well established and has great acting skill and polishes off this performance with pure excellence. His acting is superb.
Rachel Ward another great Australian actress plays Moira Davidson and is a show stealer...she has such a aplomb on the screen and her character goes through so many changes and emotions through the movie.
But my favourite character is Commander Dwight Towers who is played by Armand Assante who is such an accomplished actor and plays the role of the head actor with so much emotion. Two other Australian actors also have big roles in the movie and are secondary characters to the three mentioned. All up through and through, the acting is excellent and the casting has been well picked.Read more ›
But if you take the time to watch this film, you'll find the 2000 version actually compares favorably with the original, and, in some ways, actually improves upon it. First, Australian actors are finally playing the Australian roles. This is not meant as a slap at Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardner, or Fred Astaire; Stanley Kramer casted easily-recognizable screen icons so he wouldn't have to spend much time developing character (Only Perkins has any real backstory in the film), but, by casting Americans, any Australian flavor is either diluted or caricatured. The remake is rich in character, with an authenticity that can't be faked.
This carries over to the casting of Armand Assante as Commander Towers, as well. Gregory Peck was such a legend by the time the original was made, that his character, other than the lack of acceptance of his family's death, isn't explored; it is simply Peck playing Peck. Assante, bull-like and clearly in charge, is given several scenes demonstrating the love and loyalty he shares with his crew, explaining why his sense of duty has to take precedent over his new love with Moira (Rachel Ward) more effectively than Peck could. Assante is remarkably good in the role, as is Ward, taking Ava Gardner's role from the original.
The remake takes a much harder-edged view of a civilization facing death.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nothing can match the omnipresence of death the way Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck and the rest of the cast in the 1959 version do. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
Very convincing acting, I can only hope world leaders understand the consequences of resorting to a nuclear solution. Read morePublished 3 months ago by john shelnut
I have always loved the Gregory Peck version and as a result purchased this one just after seeing the original to see if any new material were added. Read morePublished 3 months ago by W. J. Mullen III
Great movie. Interesting to see what people do and say when they know THAT day is coming close.Published 4 months ago by D_S
The whole interaction between capt. and crew was unreal for being on a US nuke, regardless of situation. Discipline is maintained, Period. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kerrigan C. Gray
Great DVD and great story. In many respects it's as good as the older version with Gregory Peck. There's only one problem. The DVD case says the movie is 209 minutes long. Read morePublished 8 months ago by George W. Wallace
Unfortunately, this remake of the excellent 1960s version was as predictably coarse, vulgar and graphic as virtually every remake has been since the '90s. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kevin J. Osiowy