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.
Dodger is paralysed by a shrapnel fragment missed during his surgery that has settled on his spine. A neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins University on a US Army research team (guest star Robin Strasser) unnerves McMurphy when she takes the lead on Dodger’s case and captures Dr. Richard’s attention. Frankie is pressed into service by Boonie as the disc jockey on China Beach’s radio station. Wayloo Marie gets a job as a TV correspondent and films a piece about the women of China Beach, only to have the station manager cut all but the segment featuring K.C. on the beach. After Dodger’s successful surgery, the neurosurgeon tells McMurphy she has the ability to become a doctor, but acknowledges the difficult personal sacrifices she had to make to reach her current position.
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 04 January 1989.
- Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.