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Donovan's Reef (1963)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 19 July 1963 (Japan)
Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy.



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Complete credited cast:
Father Cluzeot
Jacqueline Malouf ...
Cherylene Lee ...
Luki Dedham (as Tim Stafford)
Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien
Jon Fong ...
Mister Eu


In an ideal society on a picturesque South Sea island, there are people of several races and backgrounds living together in harmony. John Wayne is a WWII hero, who worked hard to own a shipping company and finds his true love. She is a strong a woman as he is a man. An adventure and love story.

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Release Date:

19 July 1963 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hafenkneipe von Tahiti  »


Box Office


$2,686,585 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,600,000, 31 December 1963
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Warden, who played Elizabeth Allen's father, was only nine years her senior in real life. See more »


When Donovan takes the kids and Amelilia up the mountain to cut down an "island Christmas tree" they cut down a very pretty and bright green tree and put it in the back of the jeep. When they arrive back in town and pull up in front of Donovan's bar, the tree looks dead and shriveled. See more »


Australian Navy officer: I beg your pardon sir. Did I understand you to say, "Limeys?"
Diminutive Australian Navy Officer: I heard him.
Australian Navy Officer: Me too.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: [Enters] Gilhooley! Where the Hell is my suit?
Diminutive Australian Navy Officer: [Slaps Donovan on the chest] Stay out of this little man. You might get hurt.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: You guys uh, looking for trouble?
Australian Navy officer: Tipperary born and bred Limeys.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Oh Monk, you're not gonna let three guys gang up on one guy even if it is Gilhooley.
Sergeant Monk Menkowicz: [Shakes his head] I seen it done.
Australian Navy officer: Three against two.
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Good non- Cowboy role for Wayne
16 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is not one of Johns best but it ranks pretty high. It's good to see John Wayne in something besides a cowboy movie. It has a great supporting cast. Lee Marvin out does his self in his role as the out cast friend who has the same birthday as John Wayne. Cesar Romero plays his part brilliantly as the French Ambassador. And the kids in this film could not have been cast better. Jacqueline Malouf plays her part as the teen age daughter of Jack Warden so convincingly you forget she was 22 at the time. And Cherylene Lee is the cutest little girl who ever played a part in the movies.

The plot is a little lame and Elizabeth Allen is a little young to be playing John Wayne's love interest. John Wayne appears to look the oldest of the three Americans who stayed on the island to help the inhabitants during WWII. But the movie comes off pretty good if you can over look the age difference. Besides, Wayne and Allen do work well together. I like to watch this movie from time to time. It's a feel good movie were everything comes out good in the end.

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