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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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Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien
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Storyline

'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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a bit of tongue-in-cheek, portraits of the founder and leaders of the Dedham Shipping Company are all of Jack Warden (in appropriate period dress). The portrait of Manulani appears to be a similar treatment of Elizabeth Allen, as she would appear if she were Polynesian or hapa. See more »

Goofs

When Donovan take 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 »

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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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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