The Beach
Character: Daffy
Original Release: February 11, 2000 (US)
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Written by: John Hodge
Produced by: Andrew Macdonald
Running Time: 119 minutes
Box Office: $144.1 million (US)

Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

Cast & Characters

Leonardo DiCaprio (Richard), Virginie Ledoyen (Françoise), Guillaume Canet (Étienne), Tilda Swinton (Sal), Paterson Joseph (Keaty)

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Filming Dates: January 1999 - April 1999
Filming Locations: (view all)
  • Phi Phi Leh Island, Thailand
  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • London, England, UK
  • Ewan McGregor was Danny Boyle's first choice to play the part of Richard.
  • Lars Arentz-Hansen and Robert Carlyle's characters' names Bugs and Daffy are an homage to Looney Tunes characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
  • Danny Boyle asked Leonardo DiCaprio to shed 20 pounds before taking on the lead role.

Memorable Quotes

Daffy: Pay them in dollars and fuck their daughters.

Richard: Anywhere you go,desire is desire. The sun cannot bleach it, nor the tide wash it away...

Richard: The only downer is, everyone's got the same idea. We all travel thousands of miles just to watch TV and check in to somewhere with all the comforts of home, and you gotta ask yourself, what is the point of that?

Awards & Nominations

Berlin International Film Festival
Brit Award as Best Soundtrack
Golden Trailer Award as Best Voiceover
Razzie Award as Worst Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio
Teen Choice Award as Film Choice Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio
Teen Choice Award as Film Choice Drama
Teen Choice Award as Film Choice Chemistry - Leonardo DiCaprio and Virginie Ledoyen

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