The Beach (I) (2000)

R   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Romance

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Vicenarian Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss. Excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

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  • Virginie Ledoyen stars as Françoise
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach (2000)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Danny Boyle in The Beach (2000)
  • Garcelle Beauvais at an event for The Beach (2000)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach (2000)
  • Garcelle Beauvais at an event for The Beach (2000)

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Did You Know?


During filming, a boat accident endangered the life of several crew members, including director Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt.


Richard: My name is Richard. So what else do you need to know? Stuff about my family, or where I'm from? None of that matters. Not once you cross the ocean and cut yourself loose, looking for something more beautiful, something more exciting and yes, I admit...


When Sten is carried out of the water draped around his friend's back, there is no sign of a shark bite to his right side, but when he reaches the community, the shark bite to his right side is visible.

Alternate Versions

This film had some differences from the novel that wasn't seen in the film:

  • Richard's obsession with war and video games is explained a bit more in the novel.
  • Keaty is not obsessed with his Game Boy in the film.
  • Richard never sleeps with Françoise despite having feelings for her, which he thinks are reciprocated, saying that he considers Étienne a good guy and would not want to do that to him.
  • Richard never sleeps with Sal, nor is it Sal who accompanies him to the mainland for supplies, but rather a character called Jed (who patrols the island's perimeter) who does not appear in the film. In the book, Jed is the person who leads Richard, Etienne, and Françoise to the community, not Keaty.
  • Ella (who works for Unhygienix), Jean (the leader of the gardening detail), Cassie (who works for Bugs), Jesse (who works in the gardening detail), Moshe (the head of the second fishing detail), and the two unnamed Yugoslavian girls (who work for Moshe) do not appear in the film.
  • The part where Keaty catches a dead squid that gives some of the island's inhabitants food poisoning is not in the film.
  • Karl escaping from the island in the beach community's main boat was not in the film.
  • The ending is different from the book's, which had Richard, Françoise, Étienne, Keaty, and Jed attempting to escape from the now crumbling community. In the book's epilogue after their successful escape, they move into their respective lives. Richard loses touch with Étienne and Françoise yet finds it hard to be totally freed of the effects of his experiences in that "parallel universe."
  • Richard never received an e-mail from Françoise with a picture after their farewell.


Written and Performed by
New Order
Produced by Rollo & New Order
New Order appears courtesy of London Records


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Adventure | Drama | Romance | Thriller

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