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Donovan's Reef (1963)

Approved | | 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.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent), James Edward Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
Lee Marvin ... Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley
Elizabeth Allen ... Ameilia Dedham
Jack Warden ... Dr. William Dedham
Cesar Romero ... Marquis Andre de Lage
Dick Foran ... Australian Navy Officer Sean O'Brien
Dorothy Lamour ... Miss Lafleur
Marcel Dalio ... Father Cluzeot
Mike Mazurki ... Sgt. Monk Menkowicz
Jacqueline Malouf Jacqueline Malouf ... Lelani Dedham
Cherylene Lee Cherylene Lee ... Sarah 'Sally' Dedham
Jeffrey Byron ... Luki Dedham (as Tim Stafford)
Edgar Buchanan ... Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien
Jon Fong Jon Fong ... 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 as strong a woman as he is a man. An adventure and love story.

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Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 July 1963 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Donovan's Reef See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,686,585 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

John Ford Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Actor John Qualen dubbed the voice of the sailor who yells "Man overboard!" in the opening scene, though it is not Qualen on-screen. See more »

Goofs

Ameilia reads aloud the full names of Donovan, Gilhooley, and Doc Dedham off the plaque on the war monument. Later, a screen shot of the plaque shows only the person's first initial and last name. See more »

Quotes

Marquis Andre de Lage: Well, there is our Mike Donovan. Three children and not one marriage. Oh, I do not say that he's the first man to put the cart before the horse, but three carts and no horse? Huh?
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Connections

References They Were Expendable (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Frere Jacques
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the children
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I'd have gone straight for Elizabeth Allen....
26 December 2006 | by erbkonSee all my reviews

This was a beautiful film, not least because of the warm and lively music, and also because of the cool, sensual presence of Elizabeth, who died only recently. The comedy, as written above, could indeed be a little ham-handed, but there's no substitute for the scene when Amelia, riding the back of a jeep, is vaulted off the rear as it hits a bump and lands flat on her a**. John Wayne looks down at her and asks quietly, "Did you hurt your ---- self?" This is a pleasant, human drama, with a strong anti-racist message built around a great cast of characters. A solid, pleasing John Ford / John Wayne partnership, and Elizabeth Allen was a pure pleasure.


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