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At Theaters: 2/11/2000 On Video: 7/25/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 149912
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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At a cheap hotel in Bangkok, Richard meets a French couple and an older traveler ravaged by years of sun and drugs. Rambling and paranoid, Daffy tells Richard the improbable tale of a secret island, a paradise on earth: the perfect beach, unsullied by tourists. The next day, Richard finds a piece of paper pinned to his door. It is a hand-drawn map of the island described by Daffy. This, Richard realizes, may be the "something different" he has been looking for.
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Drama - Young female fans of Leonardo DiCaprio will undoubtedly enjoy seeing him on the big screen again, but they may be less than enthusiastic about the ambitious, challenging story, which will likely appeal to older moviegoers. However, some unconventional directorial touches and some graphic violence may turn that audience off. Violence, drug use, and profanity make the film inappropriate for youngsters.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Leonardo DiCaprio THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK, TITANIC
Tilda Swinton FEMALE PERVERSIONS
Virginie Ledoyen A SOLDIER'S DAUGHTER NEVER CRIES
Guillaume Canet (No previous US films)
Robert Carlyle THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Director: Danny Boyle A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
Producer: Andrew MacDonald A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
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About the Production
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: A few sex scenes, one with nudity.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings and various gore.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Lots of drug and alcohol use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: An occasional wisecrack to ease the tension.
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After the global phenomenon that was Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio truly was the "King of the World" (sorry, James Cameron), having the newfound power to choose whatever follow-up project he wanted--and at any price. But much like his co-star Kate Winslet, DiCaprio has shunned obvious blockbuster efforts and instead opted for more uncommercial works--such as Woody Allen's Celebrity and now The Beach, a stylish and unconventional drama that certainly won't earn him much favor with his fanbase of screaming teenage girls.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 179 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
16
Fairly Low
75%
13-19Teens (F)
34
High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
About 50/50
76%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
22
Fairly Low
77%
30+Adults (M)
36
Low
56%
30+Adults (F)
54
Low
56%
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The wonders of modern technology, like computers, video games, cell phones, pagers and the Internet, were designed to make our lives more enjoyable and facilitate communications. Yet for many, the complexity of the digital world is overwhelming, leading to a feeling of unreality ... of being disconnected.

The desire to find something real - to connect with something or someone - is what drives Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young American backpacker who arrives in Thailand with adventure on his mind. Travel, he asserts, is the search for experience, the quest for something different.

At a cheap hotel in Bangkok, Richard meets a French couple, Etienne (Guillaume Canet) and Francoise (Virginie Ledoyen). He also encounters Daffy (Robert Carlyle), an older traveler ravaged by years of sun and drugs. Rambling and paranoid, Daffy tells Richard the improbable tale of a secret island, a paradise on earth: the perfect beach, unsullied by tourists.

The next day, Richard finds a piece of paper pinned to his door. It is a hand-drawn map of the island described by Daffy. This, Richard realizes, may be the "something different" he has been looking for. He goes to find Daffy only to discover his corpse, the crazed man's wrists slit by his own hand.

Richard persuades Francoise and Etienne to join him and they set off on a journey, following Daffy's map. To get to "the beach" they must risk their lives by swimming across an open sea from one island to another, crawling past armed guards and jumping from the top of a 120-foot waterfall. Reaching their destination, they find a small community of travelers like themselves, living in secret. They are welcomed into the group, and the island paradise becomes their home, sapping them of all will to return to the world they knew before.

Yet beneath the surface, this heaven on earth is less than perfect. Personal conflict and petty jealousy ferment to create a violent rivalry, and a series of tragic events fragments the community. Increasingly isolated and disturbed, Richard finds himself more than witness to an incident of blood-shed. The dream has become a nightmare; paradise has turned to hell. Now his only goal is to leave. But escape will not be easy, for the beach is a secret place, a secret that some will defend to the death.

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