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.
Near comatose, Dodger has visions of his childhood, the moments before his injury in the bush, and McMurphy. Amid a supply shortage, Lila places a lock on the hospital’s medicine cabinet, leading to a scarcity of the penicillin Dodger needs. Lila begins a search to deliver bad news to a Karen on base that her father has died, but is unable to find the right woman. Boonie delivers medical supplies to a village that needs them, but when the shortage prevents him from delivering the penicillin they need, he strikes a deal with K.C. to build her a beauty salon if she gets him black market penicillin. Lila discovers that the Karen she is looking for is K.C., a former US Army secretary who stayed in Vietnam after her tour of duty ended. K.C. reveals she is uninterested in returning to the US as her father was abusive to her throughout her childhood. Boonie receives the penicillin for the village from KC but discovers the dark side to black market profiteering when a wounded Viet Cong prisoner is brought to the hospital with US penicillin in his possessions. Dodger awakes from his comatose state.
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 14 December 1988.
- Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.