On the Beach
On the Beach (1959)

Although there'd been doomsday dramas before it, Stanley Kramer's On the Beach was considered the first important entry in this genre when originally released in 1959. Based on the novel by Nevil Shute, the film is set in the future… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A tiresome, talky 1959 film.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The scenario - one of the best in Stanley Kramer's filmography - is uniquely human in the annals of post-nuclear cinema.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A powerful, well-acted, deftly photographed film.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Fine photography, but the script is a typically numbing affair, and the cast, aside from Peck and Meillon, seem totally out of their depth.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gloomy doomsday film that is more talky, melodramatic and numbing than imaginative.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

While heartbreaking and touching, it's hard to imagine that riots aren't rampant and that martial law isn't required, but hey, it's a movie, and quite a good -- if overlong -- one, at that.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The great merit of this picture, aside from its entertaining qualities, is the fact that it carries a passionate conviction that man is worth saving, after all.

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Film4

A wasted opportunity.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Kramer's apocalyptic drama is too verbose, replete with "message" speeches, but the text is intelligent, reflecting the Cold War mentality, and well-acted by Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire (in his first nonmusical role) and Anthony Perkins.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Apeneck Fletcher
Most certainly my fav Kramer film, this almost forgotten cautionary tale of the last days of suicidal humanity has its drawbacks ... but that might sum up… More
Red Lats
Saw this on TV the other day. I could just imagine the movie sending shivers up and down the spines of viewers in 1959. There must be at least one other movie… More
Daniel Perry
A spooky Cold War classic about those MAD years, when the complete ruination of the world through nuclear war seemed a real possibility. Once again, Gregory… More
Daniel Hetteix
One of the earliest apocalyptic films, despite being over half-a-century old, has a startlingly unique and refreshing viewpoint on nuclear annihilation. Not… More
AJ Verser
This movie has a lot of stars, and it's a pretty intense drama, I liked it.
Tim Sigur
I loved the set up of this movie. It was utterly depressing and I am always all over that. Then you have the superb acting from the entire cast. Gregory Peck… More