Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University. Wellington Vol. 23 No. 6 1960
ON THE BEACH is a very controversial film. Some like it, others have been very disappointed. We printed one criticism last time. Here's another:
ON THE BEACH was by no means made on a small budget. It boasts Stanley Kramer as its director, four major Hollywood stars and a script based on a best seller by Nevil Shute. The film concentrates upon live characters and their attitude to the impending disaster of total annihilation caused by radio-active fall-out from a war in the northern hemisphere.