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.
McMurphy struggles to overcome her anger treating a pregnant Viet Cong woman who threw a grenade in a bar, seriously injuring Sweetness and killing her friend Dewey on the eve of his departure from Vietnam. McMurphy relents when the woman goes into labour, helping deliver the baby, and the woman, a Viet Cong nurse, reciprocates and saves Sweetness when he begins struggling to breathe late at night. Meanwhile, Laurette auditions local entertainers to fill her act after she chooses to stay in China Beach and gains a new roommate in McMurphy.
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 27 April 1988.
- Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.