The Beach

The Beach

Danny Boyle (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This journey down the hippy trail from the Trainspotting team takes a tour round the mind of Richard (Leonardo DiCaprio), a young backpacker seeking adventure in Thailand, who gets more than he bargained for when drug-crazed madman Daffy (Robert Carlyle) tells him the location of a secret beach. Controversial during its production, the movie garnered headlines in the press for allegedly causing environmental damage to Phi Phi island, attention that did much to increase its public awareness. John Hodge's clever, witty script, based on Alex Garland's bestselling novel, keeps the narrative firmly on track, leaving director Danny Boyle ample room to luxuriate in the region's visual delights. With DiCaprio giving one of his most mature, multilayered performances, and French actress Virginie Ledoyen a great find as the love interest, The Beach achieves the near impossible by evoking in us the same feelings of longing and regret experienced by the film's characters.


A backpacker arrives in Bangkok, where a wild-eyed veteran traveller tells him the location of a remote paradise island. When he finally makes it to the golden beaches, he discovers there is already a community in residence. All is not as it seems, however, and the blissful idyll soon turns sour. Danny Boyle's drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Carlyle, Virginie Ledoyen and Tilda Swinton.

Cast & Crew

Richard Leonardo DiCaprio
Sal Tilda Swinton
Françoise Virginie Ledoyen
Etienne Guillaume Canet
Daffy Robert Carlyle
Keaty Paterson Joseph
Bugs Lars Arentz Hansen
Hustler Daniel York
Director Danny Boyle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Feb 2000