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.
In 1967, a heavily pregnant K.C. flies to Saigon to meet potential adoptive parents – against the wishes of Boonie, who again attempts to dissuade her from giving the baby away and offers to help her. She is joined by McMurphy, impersonating Dr. Richard for a doctor’s conference to meet her friend Nellie. The two discover they are staying next to one another in a hotel and have competing appointments: McMurphy, pretending to be Richard, meets with a general who seeks help treating his haemorrhoids, and K.C., pretending to be McMurphy, meets with the adoptive parents and claims she is pregnant by a deceased soldier. McMurphy balks at helping K.C. forge clean medical records for the adoptive parents, but is forced to help her when street children steal her wallet and her pass. At a Saigon flophouse, K.C. obtains the forged records before it is raided by MPs and McMurphy discovers K.C. had the children steal her wallet to ensure her participation in the scheme. Handcuffed together, the two women escape the MPs during a chase that ends at a church. K.C. and McMurphy get into a fight when K.C. reveals she took the key to their handcuffs from the MP, causing K.C.’s water to break in a Saigon alley. McMurphy helps her give birth to a healthy baby girl. In the hospital, K.C. tells McMurphy she still intends on giving the baby to the adoptive parents, but changes her mind after a night spent with her daughter. K.C. asks McMurphy to speak to the parents for her and leaves; back at China Beach, she refuses to tell Boonie and McMurphy the baby’s whereabouts. Back at her quarters on the base, she gives the baby to a Vietnamese woman, Trieu Au (guest star Kieu Chinh), to secretly raise the child away from China Beach.
China Beach Series
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Production & Filming Details
- Release Date: 13 October 1990.
- Running Time: 46-47 minutes.
- Rating: Unknown.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.