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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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Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien
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Mister Eu
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Storyline

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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19 July 1963 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die Hafenkneipe von Tahiti  »

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$2,686,585 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne's character's full name is Michael Patrick Donovan. However, he is rarely referred to by his given name. He is called either "Guns" or, occasionally, "Donovan" by most people throughout the movie. His full name is used only once, by Amelia when reading from the monument. He is called "Mike" several times, including the Captain of the Araner, LaFleur and Andre. As "Michael" by Sister Angelique (in French), Sister Mary Margaret, Andre and by Amelia on several occasions. Most notably Amelia, during their last scene, where she addresses him as "Michael" three times and "Michael Donovan" once. 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

Ameilia Sarah Dedham: Say, I have a wonderful idea! How would you like to spend Christmas at my house?
[as everyone stares at her, she suddenly realizes she had just committed a faux pas]
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: You mean that would be better than putting up a Christmas tree in a saloon?
Ameilia Sarah Dedham: ...No. I... Well, naturally you would want to spend Christmas with your father.
Lelani Dedham: Thank you, Amelia. I think it would be nice to spend Christmas in your father's house.
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Well, that settles that... Father!
[Cluseot]
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Not that way. That's a saloon. The gate.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(uncredited)
Music by Christina McPherson
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson
Sung by the Australian sailors
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Paradise Lost
24 February 2005 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

With The Duke and Lee Marvin, I knew that this was going to be a fun movie to watch. No disappointment there. Filled with the splendor of the South Pacific and scored with beautiful music from the islands, it will appeal to any fan of the tropics. Elizabeth Allen is stunning as the leggy Boston blue blood who arrives on the island and gets everyone stirred up. She, along with Wayne, Marvin and Jack Warden make the film funny and appealing. If you want to watch a film that does not use today's hackneyed formula of gratuitous sex, profanity, explosions and car chases, fix yourself a Mai Tai, put on your flowered shirt and watch Donovan's Reef. Aloha.


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