15 certificateThe Beach is a Film programme that first aired in 2000 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

The Beach is a 3 star programme

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The Beach (2000)

Directed by
Danny Boyle

Adaptation of Alex Garland's best-selling novel about a backpacker not yet ready for the responsibility of society.

Danny Boyle's film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Richard, a free-spirited traveller who ends up in Bangkok. Frustrated by the sameness of the western experience in the city, he is intrigued when traveller Daffy tells him of an island paradise. Equipped with a map, and accompanied by French couple Francoise and Etienne, the trio eventually find the titular beach, a commune benevolently ruled by Sal. But as Richard finds out, the real world, in all its violent forms, has a habit of intruding on even the most perfect idyllic of places.

Upon release The Beach recieved largely negative reviews, though it did prove to be a success at the box office, thanks largely to DiCaprio's fame at the time, just two years after the phenomal success of Titanic.

Although not one of Boyle's better directorial efforts, this is still a decent attempt at apaapting Garland's cult novel and is not nearly as bad as some of the intial reviews would have you believe.

Written by ,

Also known as "A Praia", "La Plage", "La Playa"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2000

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio...Richard
Image for Tilda SwintonTilda Swinton...Sal
Virginie Ledoyen...Françoise
Image for Guillaume CanetGuillaume Canet...Étienne
Image for Robert CarlyleRobert Carlyle...Daffy
Image for Paterson JosephPaterson Joseph...Keaty
Lars Arentz-Hansen...Bugs
Peter Youngblood Hills...Zeph
Jerry Swindall...Sammy
Zelda Tinska...Sonja
Image for Victoria SmurfitVictoria Smurfit...Weathergirl
Daniel Caltagirone...Unhygienix
Peter Gevisser...Gregorio
Lidija Zovkic...Mirjana
Samuel Gough...Guitarman