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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Ford didn't like James Grant's screenplay so had Frank Nugent re-write it. John Wayne himself said he preferred the original script because the re-write lost a lot of good stuff that involved Lee Marvin. See more »

Goofs

The Christmas tree in the jeep when they returned to town was not the tropical tree they cut down. See more »

Quotes

Miss Lafleur: [while being pushed off by Gilhooley] Oh, you've come back to marry me.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: Oh, now look LaFleur, you're the love of my life. You're the only dame that meant anything to me, but I already told you I'd make a -
[takes a big gulp of beer]
Miss Lafleur: I know.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: I got a wife in Hoboken.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: ...and San Pedro, and San Diego and Norfolk, Virginia.
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: That's right. You wouldn't want me to go up on a bigamy charge, would you?
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Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
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Music by Christina McPherson
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Sung by the Australian sailors
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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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