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Donovan's Reef (1963)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 12 June 1963 (USA)
Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy.

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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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12 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hafenkneipe von Tahiti  »

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$2,686,585 (estimated)
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Trivia

While the film is set on the fictional island of Haleakaloha, which has a French governor, the only Polynesian language exhibited in the film is Hawaiian - "Haleakaloha" can be translated as "Home of Laughter and Love" (hale = home, aka = laugh, aloha = love) - and Amelia has come from Boston, MA by sailing ship. See more »

Goofs

Ameilia presents Gilhooley with a Christmas present then goes out back of the bar to confront Donovan. When she returns, not more than a couple of minutes later, Gilhooley already has the train set put together on the bar and is playing with it. See more »

Quotes

Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Permission to speak.
Dr. William Dedham: Shoot.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: What started it was this knothead tried to push a hootchie-cootchie dancer off on me in Panama!
[Gilhooley laughs]
Dr. William Dedham: Gilhooley? Well, What's wrong with that?
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Nothing, except a marriage licence and wedding ring through my nose went with it!
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Frere Jacques
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Sung by the children
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a light comedy with a serious undercurrent.
26 November 2001 | by (warren michigan) – See all my reviews

Donovans Reef was the last collaboration between John Ford and John Wayne. Its not a great film, but its a very good one. Like The Quiet Man its a pastoral symphony, but its pastoral with an edge. This is ,in fact an anti_racist, anti-Puritan film.This well cast, well acted, and very funny picture is worth watching and enjoying.


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