On the Beach

On the Beach (1959)

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Moira Davidson: You're looking for me.
Moira Davidson: Am I?
Dwight Towers: I'm Moira Davidson. M-O-I-R-A. It was a very fashionable name when... my mother was young and impressionable. I'm a throwback.

Julian Osborne: The war started when people accepted the idiotic principle that peace could be maintained by arranging to defend themselves with weapons they couldn't possibly use without committing suicide.

Moira Davidson: Dwight... even if you don't like me, would you please hold on to me just for a moment longer?

Mary: Was he married, do you know?
Peter: Two kids.
Mary: And there gone.
Peter: Yes, they were in America.

Peter: Have you ever been to San Francisco?
Julian Osborne: Yes, I have. A week on the way down. I met a lovely girl. Longest, loveliest legs I've ever seen. Full of martinis - both of them. The legs, I mean.

Elderly Woman at Holmes Party: My second husband was an American. We traveled all over the world - and everywhere we went he say to people, "I am an American. I am an American." They finally shot him in one of those eastern countries.

Morgan: They pushed us too far! They didn't think we'd fight, no matter what they did.
Julian Osborne: And they were wrong. We fought. We expunged them. And we didn't do such a bad job on ourselves.

Submarine Officer: Who do you think started it - the war?
Julian Osborne: Albert Einstein.

Moira Davidson: There isn't time. No time to love... nothing to remember... nothing worth remembering.

Moira Davidson: I wouldn't really mind... if you could forget entirely who I am... I don't like myself very much anyway.

Julian Osborne: Who would ever have believed that human beings would be stupid enough to blow themselves off the face of the Earth?

Peter: You remember when we first met? It was on the beach. I thought you were everything I'd always wanted.
Mary: I thought you were so underfed.

Peter: Moira's not a bad notion, point of fact.

Julian Osborne: In the end, somehow granted the time for examination, we shall find that our so called civilization was gloriously destroyed by a handful of vacuum tubes and transistors. Probably faulty.

Mary: We would have to get someone for him, wouldn't we? What about Moira?
Peter: Well, why not, if she's sober this weekend.
Mary: Julian said she's given it up.
Peter: Oh, no, darling, you didn't listen. Julian said she'd given up gin - for brandy. She says she can drink more brandy.

Mary: Now, it's all over, isn't it?
Peter: It's all over.

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.

Adm. Bridie: Would you have a glass of sherry - with an old man?
Lt. Hosgood (Bridie's secretary): No, sir. But, I would very much like to have one with you, sir.

Julian Osborne: I shouldn't drink, you know. I inevitably say something brilliant.

Character mistake: 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. (01:33:30 - 01:38:05)

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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.

Charles Austin Miller
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