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The movie, On The Beach, is a gripping Cold War saga centering on the devestation caused by nuclear war. After the entire Northern Hemisphere is destroyed by a nuclear war, a group of survivors in Australia prepares for their own inevitable demise. Along with the Australians is an American submarine crew that was undersea when the nuclear confrontation took place. As some survivors cling to hopes that life as they know it has continued, a mysterious, erratic radio signal emanating from San Diego is heard. The American submarine crew is then tasked by the Australian Navy to go investigate. Once there the submarine crew quickly becomes aware that the signal is automatically being sent and that indeed no one appears to have survive. When the American submarine returns to Australia with the fateful news hope turns to despair as a cast of different characters throw their energies into squeezing the last drops from their lives before the nuclear cloud arrives over Australia and life as they know it ends. This movie was based on the novel by Nevil Shute and was produced at the height of the Cold War between the forces allied with the United States and those supporting the U.S.S.R.. In the end, this film is a tale of human beings copping with imminent death and the final destruction of Earth. Starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire among others. Full screen in black and white. Released in 1959. Runtime 134 minutes.