The Beach

The tourists Richard (DiCaprio) gave the extra map to, eventually find the island. Richard begins to go insane, consistently thinking about Daffy (Carlyle) and how much he had in common with him. Richard is asked to get the map from the tourists, but they discover the marijuana field and get shot by the farmers. Richard asks Etienne and Francoise to leave the island with him, but the farmers travel to Sal's little town and hold everyone their. The Head Farmer orders them to leave, but Sal (Swinton) won't. The Head Farmer hands Sal a gun and says she has to shoot Richard if she wants to stay, because he made the extra map and got the tourists killed. She pulls the trigger and Richard's head but finds out the chamber isn't loaded. The Farmer smiles as the idea was to scare them off, rather than kill them. Sal and Richard start crying, while everyone else leaves. They leave Sal there as she believed in what they created so much that she couldn't adapt to any changes. Richard leaves Thailand. The last shot is of Richard looking at an e-mail of a picture of all his old friends on the beach that they took earlier.

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Revealing mistake: When they are burying the Swede on the beach, you can see him blink when they throw sand into grave.

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Richard: I had nothing left to offer but pure reflex. Pure reflex and mankind's basic drive for survival, that somehow shouts, "no - I will not DIE today!"

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Question: What is the alternate ending and start to this film as shown on the DVD version?


Chosen answer: In the alternate beginning, Richard is sitting in front of the large Buddha statue when a taxi driver stops and prompts him to take a ride with him. He explains that they celebrate New Year's by spraying each other with water guns, and gives one to Richard. While riding in the taxi, Richard sprays others and gets sprayed, having a lot of fun. It ends when Richard enters the "mall" where he will eventually meet the guy who offers him to drink the snake blood in the regular movie beginning. In the alternate ending, Sal turns the gun on herself and commits suicide. It ends by having a large ship rescue all of them when they're stranded at sea, banned from the island. The final words by Richard are something to the effect of "I have a lot of scars," which from what I recall is the actual ending of the novel by Alex Garland.

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