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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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Paramount Pictures refused to finance the movie, agreeing only to distribute it. John Ford decided to produce himself despite not having a screenplay. See more »

Goofs

When Ameila first comes ashore, she and Donovan are sitting in a jeep on the dock. Gilhooley is standing by the hood on the drivers side of the jeep talking across the hood to Amelia on the passenger side. In the shots of Amelia and Donovan, Donovan's fore arms are resting on the steering wheel. In the reverse shots of Gilhooley, Donovan's arms are not visible on the wheel. See more »

Quotes

Diminutive Australian Navy Officer: Step aside, little man.
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Referenced in Hotel Impossible: Malpractice in Hawaii (2016) 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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Better than Average John Wayne
6 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some people thought that John Ford was crazy to do such a picture with John Wayne. Where is the action? This movie is a departure for Ford and Wayne collaborations in that it plays more like a 30s screwball comedy in a scenic location that the typical Ford/Wayne picture that you've seen before (Rio Grande, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon etc). All the actors do good jobs and the script, like a 30s screwball comedy, is not likely to happen in real life but fun to watch. The movie was filmed in Hawaii and the scenery is gorgeous. The interplay between Wayne and Co-Star Elizabeth Allen ("Amelia") is reminiscent of Wayne and Maureen O'hara. Allen compares favorably to O'Hara in that she plays the strong woman who is not overshadowed by Waynes "Guns Donovan". I enjoyed Caesar Romero, who played the Governor of the island and is looking to court Amelia only after he checks her wealth in Dun and Bradstreet. Pay particular attention to Lee Marvin's "Boats Gilhooley", grab a beer, and sit back and enjoy.


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