Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster Beach Red
Beach Red is a 1967 World War II film starring Cornel Wilde (who also directed) and Rip Torn. The film depicts a landing by the U.S. Marine Corps on an unnamed Japanese-held Pacific island (thought to be Red Beach, Palo, Leyte in the Philippines). The film is based on Peter Bowman's 1945 novella of the same name, which was based on his experiences with the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the Pacific Islands campaigns. The meaning of the film’s title came from how during World War II, Allied amphibious operations designated invasion beaches were code named by color; such as "Beach Red," "Beach White," "Beach Blue," etc. Beach Red was filmed on location in the Philippines using troops of the Philippine Armed Forces. The New York Times praised the film as "an admirable war movie that says a bit and suggests even more, thanks to Cornel Wilde.” Beach Red received a 1968 Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing.