On the Beach

On the Beach (1959)

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... "This is the way the world endsNot with a bang but a whimper." The last of humanity all die. Either by radiation poisoning or hopefully by the suicide pills issued by the government. Captain Towers sails away to ditch his nuclear sub while Moira watches him from a hilltop. The last scene shows a Salvation Army banner, the message now directed at the movie audience: "THERE'S STILL TIME BROTHER"

Guy Holladay

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Quotes

Moira Davidson: All I want to know is: if everybody was so smart, why didn't they know what would happen?
Dwight Towers: They did.
Moira Davidson: Well, I - I can't take it. I - oh, yes, I can take it! But, it's unfair. It's unfair because I didn't do anything. And nobody I know did anything.

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Mistakes

In the scenes in San Diego, all the scenes outside the sub are taking place during daylight hours. Immediately after the crewman relays the message about the mysterious telegraph transmission, the scene shifts to the sub. The commander asks what time it is in Melbourne and is told it is 1500 hours (3PM). But if it were that time in Melbourne, it would be 10PM in San Diego, and thus not during daylight hours.

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Trivia

When Moira and Bill Davidson are strolling in the pasture, they pause to admire a beautiful mare that is posing for them, and Bill offers the horse something to eat from the palm of his hand (sugar cubes or some other treat, presumably, but it's not visible). However, the horse does not react to the treat nor eat anything that Bill offers, because the actor's hand was actually empty. The trained horse was obeying cues from her trainer, off-camera, and only her trainer carried the real treats.

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