A Day at the Beach

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A Day at the Beach
Directed bySimon Hesera
Produced byGene Gutowski
Written byRoman Polanski
StarringMark Burns
Beatie Edney
Maurice Roëves
Jack MacGowran
Eva Dahlbeck
Graham Stark
Fiona Lewis
Peter Sellers (uncredited)
Music byMort Shuman
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Edited byAlistair McIntire
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
For the Barney and the Backyard Gang video, see Barney and the Backyard Gang. For the album by Sonia Dada, see A Day at the Beach (album).

A Day at the Beach is a British 1970 film based on the 1962 book Een dagje naar het strand by Dutch author Heere Heeresma. The screenplay was written by Roman Polanski, who was originally intended to be the director, although most of the direction was finally done by first-timer Simon Hesera.


Set in a rundown Danish seaside resort, it depicts a day in the life of Bernie, a self-destructive alcoholic, as he takes Winnie, a young girl with a leg brace, to the resort despite constant rain. Though Winnie calls Bernie "uncle," he is likely her biological father. Over the course of the day, they encounter various people whom Bernie alternately berates and scams for alcohol, while Winnie is often left alone to fend for herself.


The film was never released in theatres at the time of its completion, but has seen limited runs at film festivals since then. A small clip of the film appears in the documentary The Unknown Peter Sellers.

The film is available on DVD in the U.S from Code Red DVD.


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