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 awakes on the beach, having slept for nearly 36 hours after Dr. Richard slipped her a sleeping pill, but is still barred from the hospital and ordered to take R&R. She spends it getting closer with 19-year-old soldier Jeff Hyers, but is shocked to learn he is a combat medic. Helping Beckett in the morgue, she discovers most of the deceased soldiers were teenagers and a prom invitation among one’s possessions. Inspired by the bloodied invitation, Boonie and Hyers conspire to throw a prom at the Jet Set. McMurphy joins Hyers at the prom. In a conversation on the beach afterward, Hyers and McMurphy discuss his role sending wounded soldiers for treatment off in medevac helicopters, and he expresses optimism with each closing of the doors; she thanks him for being her “chopper door” that night. A visiting helicopter pilot bets Boonie that Frankie won’t be able to last longer than three minutes on a thrill-inducing flight, but is proven wrong when she enjoys it. At a stopover in a restricted area, he steps on a land mine and loses his legs, devastating Frankie. Wayloo Marie approaches K.C. about Boonie’s heroism, but K.C. warns her about digging too deep into the story, then urges Boonie to take Wayloo Marie’s investigating seriously. During the prom, Boonie is ominously approached by two uniformed officers and led out.
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 08 March 1989.
- Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.