I have read Nevil Shute's On the beach and hadn't I been sitting in a high-speed train where windows cannot be opened, I'd have chucked it out. I wrote a scathing review, instead. I love the remake/new version from 2000 (it's one of my all time favourites and never fails to move me to tears). So I was eagerly awaiting a chance to see this one.
Sigh. Like the book, it hasn't aged too well. It doesn't pack a punch like the modern version does, and the characters don't really get under your skin. What was Moiras problem again beside her drinking too much? And Mary? Both characters are vintage 1950s.
Although I have to admit that Gregory Peck delivers flawlessly, again. And I am thinking of buying it on DVD, because it *is* a classic.