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China Beach 

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The trials of a weary nurse, her friends and colleagues in a Vietnam War field hospital.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dana Delany ...  Colleen McMurphy 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Michael Boatman ...  Pvt. Samuel Beckett 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Robert Picardo ...  Dr. Dick Richard 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Concetta Tomei ...  Maj. Lila Garreau 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Marg Helgenberger ...  K.C. Kolowski 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Brian Wimmer ...  Cpl. Boonie Lanier 62 episodes, 1988-1991
Jeff Kober ...  Sgt. Evan 'Dodger' Winslow 58 episodes, 1988-1991
Nancy Giles Nancy Giles ...  Pvt. Frankie Bunsen / ... 54 episodes, 1988-1991
Troy Evans ...  Sgt. Pepper / ... 28 episodes, 1989-1991
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Dateline: November 1967, within klicks of Danang, Vietnam, sits a U.S. Army base, bar and hospital on China Beach. This is the 'Nam, filled with wounded soldiers and one very lovely but damaged Army Nurse Colleen Mc Murphy. Many heroes, dead and alive, in the forms of nurses, warriors, Donut Dollies, lifeguards, politicians, USO entertainers, Chopper Chicks, doctors, officers and enlisted men, brothers and sisters, Kool-Aid Kids, orderlies, medics, morticians, Army brass and one hostile prostitute named K.C. try to make sense of life and death in between bourbon, bullets and battles. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1988 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Kineska plaža See more »

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Runtime:

(60 episodes) | (pilot) | (series finale)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The run of this show overlapped with the run of the NBC series Quantum Leap (1989). Both programs featured a main character named "Samuel Beckett"--a name that is most associated with the Irish playwright ("Waiting for Godot", "Endgame", "Happy Days") and novelist who is widely considered to be one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. See more »

Goofs

McMurphy's pilot boyfriend is a Captain (wearing two silver bars on each shoulder) and has Command Pilot wings on his flight suit name tag (pilot's wings with a star surrounded by a wreath). To earn Command Pilot wings you have to be a rated pilot for 15 years and have 3,000 hours of flight time. No pilot in the USAF would be a rated pilot for 15 years and amass 3,000 flying hours and still be a Captain. Besides, assuming he graduated college at age 22 and flight training at 23, and then flew for 15 years he would be 38 years old. Clearly he isn't that old. [See Wikipedia article on "U.S. Air Force aeronautical rating" for rating criteria] See more »

Quotes

Dr. Dick Richard: You wanna keep it down? I can't hear the war.
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Connections

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Reflections
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Written by Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland
Recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes
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I have never forgotten this series
25 May 2015 | by sonorasmithSee all my reviews

I'm writing this review 25 years after it left the air. I have never forgotten it. It is superb television. The ensemble cast is stellar. It was co-written by John Sacret Young and William Dodson "Bill" Broyles, Jr. who served as a marine in Vietnam. While watching it, it made me intensely feel what it was like to be there; I could feel how every moment and every individual counts. I could also feel how relationships are exquisite and intense when you daily face life or death. Conversely, their lives were also portrayed after the war when they returned home where they were no longer making a big difference in the world; there I could feel just how empty, inane, and futile their existence felt in comparison to their lives at China Beach.


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