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.




  • Virginie Ledoyen in The Beach (2000)
  • Matthew McConaughey and Harmony Korine at an event for The Beach (2000)
  • The Beach (2000)
  • Virginie Ledoyen stars as Françoise
  • David Chokachi at an event for The Beach (2000)
  • Trina McGee at an event for The Beach (2000)

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4 December 2001 | MossMan
| Why did it get such bad reviews here?
This is one of the few times that I have been badly mislead by the reviews on IMDb! I avoided this film in the past because of this, but thought it would be a good "soft" film to watch on video with with a friend and his wife (she doesn't like difficult films).

What a revelation! I understand that people who have read the book may be disappointed, but as an uneducated viewer this is a fantastic film! Novel situation, novel location (beautiful images, even though the beach was re-modeled), novel plot, novel characters (all of whom are wildly different yet possible to sympathise with - except maybe for Bugs)... this film has everything in it that I find so desperately lacking in the average Hollywood pulp I'm forced to watch with friends.

And I *liked* the fact that the film made a few surprising changes in style... I hate knowing the end of a story at least an hour before it finally grinds its inevitable way there (see any "action" film).

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Did You Know?


This was Leonardo DiCaprio's first film in two years, after a 10-minute cameo in Woody Allen's Celebrity (1998).


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 Duffy first talks to Richard you can see there's a toilet in Duffy's room. Later, when Richard goes into Duffy's room there is no toilet.

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.


Pure Shores
Written by
William Orbit and Shaznay Lewis
Performed by All Saints
Produced by William Orbit
All Saints appear courtesy of London Records


Plot Summary

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Adventure | Drama | Romance | Thriller


Release Date:

11 February 2000


English, French, Swedish, Thai, Serbian

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,277,921 13 February 2000

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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