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Donovan's Reef (1963)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  12 June 1963 (USA)
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'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.

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Luki Dedham (as Tim Stafford)
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'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Aventurero del Pacífico  »

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$2,686,585 (estimated)
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Patrick Wayne, John Wayne's son, has a small cameo - he plays the Australian Shore Patrol officer who breaks up the final fight. See more »

Goofs

On the road when the children are forced to leave their home to move in with Donovan, the shadow of the camera is visible on the people as they walk by. See more »

Quotes

Ameilia Sarah Dedham: You know, Michael Donovan, you're quite a - a fella.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Well, you know, Amelia Dedham...
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: [Pulls her close while fishing a cigarette out of his pocket]
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: You're quite a gal. Cigarette?
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: [She turns away from him] What's a matter?
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: I had the strangest feeling that you were going to kiss me.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: What?
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Well, I have been kissed before.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: [Walks inside to turn out the light then walks back out, spins her around and kisses her]
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: [Flustered] Ah! I... I...
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Music by Christina McPherson
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
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Good non- Cowboy role for Wayne
16 February 2005 | by (United States) – 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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