The Beach

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Critics say The Beach is unfocused and muddled, a shallow adaptation of the novel it is based on. Points go to the gorgeous cinematography, though.



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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Daniel York
as Hustler
Patcharawan Patarakijjanon
as Hotel Receptionist
Somboon Phutaroth
as Cleaning woman
Jak Boon
as Travel agent
Krongthong Thampradith
as Woman with key
Victoria Smurfit
as Weathergirl
Samuel Gough
as Guitarman
Joshua Cole
as Beach community member
Myriam Acharki
as Beach community member
Andrew Carmichael
as Beach community member
Stacy A. Hart
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Josh Cole
as Beach Community Member
Helene de Fougerolles
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Bindu De Stoppani
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Stacey Hart
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Nina Jacques
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Sheridan Jones
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Gunilla Karlson
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Sian Martin
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Isabella Seibert
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Ramon Woolfe
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Elizabeth Thomas
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Michael R. Thorpe
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Timothy Webster
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  • Aug 26, 2013
    It isn't something to celebrate but DiCaprio was brilliant as usual.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2012
    This was fun. Stop hating everyone! It ain't that bad!
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2011
    The film goes all over the place and in the end barely saves itself. The acting is good but nothing special and Boyle's directing wasn't exactly there. More of an exercise with a big budget, Boyle uses new techniques to grab our attention but ultimately leaves most viewers unsatisfied.
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2011
    Directed by Danny Boyle and based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland, which was adapted for the film by John Hodge. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and features Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet. It was filmed on the Thai island Koh Phi Phi.Despite the exotic and exquisit cinematography, th e beautiful Virginie Ledoyen and the extreme Danny Boyle directing, this is a silly movie made upon a silly story.The off speach of Di Caprio is horrible as he sounds like a child narrating a bed time story.Tilda Swinton performance is poor .The geniality of Boyle make a strike out of the spot on this.
    Andre T Super Reviewer

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