China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War.
The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, nicknamed “China Beach” in English by American and Australian soldiers during the Vietnam War. The ABC TV drama aired for four seasons, from 1988 to 1991.
U.S. Army nurse Colleen McMurphy begins the last week of her tour of duty in Vietnam with US Air Force pilot Natch Austen making sexual advances toward her. USO singers Georgia and Laurette arrive for a week of events in country. American Red Cross volunteer Cherry White also arrives, looking for her missing brother. She seeks help from a political attaché who attempts to sexually assault her, only to be rescued by Dodger, a US Army soldier who made her uncomfortable with his near silence in their first encounter. Laurette steps into the limelight after Georgia suffers food poisoning and departs early, asking McMurphy to fill in as Georgia’s replacement for a show at The Jet Set in China Beach. Laurette gets a first-hand experience of war triage when the base is bombed mid-show. After her living quarters and most of her possessions are destroyed in the bombing, McMurphy decides to stay at China Beach.
This two-hour pilot film was split into two parts in syndication but was restored to a single two-hour episode in the DVD release.
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 26 April 1988.
- Running Time: 120 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.