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.
Lila learns she is going through menopause and worries she’s losing her sex appeal. Seeking a harder-hitting story, Wayloo Marie interviews a Silver Star recipient, only for him to faint during filming. K.C. aspires to buy land in Vietnam for a beachfront resort but lacks the necessary funding. A dashing lieutenant colonel named Edward E. Vincent (guest star Dennis Farina) parachutes into China Beach for some R&R and offers opportunity for all three women: love for Lila, money for K.C., and a riveting story for Wayloo Marie. Vincent, however, uses the same lines on each women and stands them up at a beachside luau. Dr. Richard and McMurphy play an innuendo-laden game of sexual brinksmanship, but McMurphy gets cold feet ahead of their date night and the pair fail to find “neutral turf” to seal the deal. Frankie falls for a soldier (guest star Stephen Baldwin) who thinks he’s Chuck Berry and asks her to perform at the Jet Set. After an attempt to pick up McMurphy, Vincent beds Lila.
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 11 January 1989.
- Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.