Beach Red

Beach Red

Cornel Wilde (1967)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Former beefcake star Cornel Wilde, best remembered for The Greatest Show on Earth and his role as Chopin in A Song to Remember, became a maverick director to reckon with in later life, producing self-starring vehicles, invariably also featuring his wife, Jean Wallace, as co-star. This ferocious Pacific war opus is one of his better efforts, an uncompromising movie with minimal narrative, adapted from a wartime novel written in 1945. The film's editing, by Bullitt's Frank P Keller, is stunning, and was rightly Oscar-nominated, and the depiction of war's savagery is truly remarkable: no one who has seen this film will ever forget the shot of the soldier leaving his arm behind on the beach.


American Marines led by a humane captain and his cynical second-in-command fight to liberate a Pacific island held by Japanese forces during the Second World War. As the men face the horrors of the conflict, they reflect on the lives and families they have left behind. Drama, directed by and starring Cornel Wilde. With Rip Torn, Burr de Benning and Jean Wallace.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Cornel Wilde
Actor Rip Torn
Actor Burr de Benning
Actor Jean Wallace
Actor Patrick Wolfe
Actor Jaime Sanchez
Actor Dale Ishimoto
Actor Genki Koyama
Director Cornel Wilde
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and swearing. Available on: video