On the Beach (1959)

on the beach“There isn’t time. No time to love… nothing to remember… nothing worth remembering. ” – Moira Davidson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 May 2014)

Brief Synopsis – The after effects of WWIII on a group of survivors in Australia during the early 1960’s who are waiting for the apocalypse to reach them.

My Take on it – I decided to watch this movie after I saw it reviewed by Anna of Film Grimoire while representing her home country of Australia on Mikey’s Screenkicker Olympics.

I had never even heard of this before I read her review and being a fan of Stanley Kramer films, I decided to give it a shot.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like it as much as Anna did.

I found the post-apocalyptic world to be quite unconvincing and the performances to be pretty bland.  With actors like Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins leading the film, I would have expected the performances to be more gripping, but they all felt like they were just phoning it in.

This movie does reflect well upon many fears of people during the 50’s of WWIII and of losing everything that they find dear to themselves, but it just didn’t resonate well with me 55 years later.

I think that this movie was probably better received and more appreciated when it came out during the Cold War.

Sorry Anna for not liking it as much as you did 😦

Bottom Line – Expected this to be better than it actually was.  Was perhaps more sobering when watching it back in the late 50’s – early 60’s during the Cold War.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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8 thoughts on “On the Beach (1959)

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  2. Funny, you didn’t like this movie. I had heard good things about this movie and the book. Is one reason because it doesn’t have modern day CGI?? Most people today are soooooo into blockbusters, they can’t stand sci-fi movies minus modern day special effects.
    By the way I read your ‘Top 10 Casting choices’ on Zoe’s blog and commented on it too. ‘Twas fun.
    And I have a few movie quizzes happening in my blog, chk it out too??


    • Nope, has nothing to do with CGI, special effects or blockbuster envy.

      I just couldn’t believe the characters performances in those roles. I didn’t believe that they were in a post apocalyptic world and most of all didn’t feel the danger that they knew they were in.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Nuwansen!

      I’m on my way there right now!


  3. The last time I watched this I wasn’t as impressed with it as when I used to catch on TV and watch it my my Grandfather as a kid. I suppose the material is somewhat dated or maybe even the performances like you mentioned. Good work on this one!


  4. It’s all good Rob, variety of film taste is the spice of life! I really liked Gregory Peck in this but I kind of have an irrational love for anything he does. You make a great point that this would have been extremely creepy and affecting during its time! I would have started building a bomb shelter immediately.


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