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Donovan's Reef ()


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Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy.

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Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
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Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley
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Ameilia Dedham
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Dr. William Dedham
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Marquis Andre de Lage
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Australian Navy Officer Sean O'Brien
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Miss Lafleur
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Father Cluzeot
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Sgt. Monk Menkowicz
Jacqueline Malouf ...
Lelani Dedham
Cherylene Lee ...
Sarah 'Sally' Dedham
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Luki Dedham (as Tim Stafford)
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Boston Attorney Francis X. O'Brien
Jon Fong ...
Mister Eu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alderson ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Captain Martin (uncredited)
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Australian Officer (uncredited)
Carmen Estrabeau ...
Sister Gabrielle (uncredited)
Harold Fong ...
Sells Ameilia a Swimsuit (uncredited)
Dan Ford ...
Child (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ...
Chinese Man (uncredited)
Duke Green ...
Mate (uncredited)
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Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Family Council Member (uncredited)
Tom Harris ...
Naval Officer (uncredited)
Freda Jones ...
Family Council Member (uncredited)
June Y. Kim ...
Servant (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ...
Lawyer (uncredited)
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Family Council Member (uncredited)
King Lockwood ...
Lawyer (uncredited)
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Australian Navy Officer (uncredited)
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Family Council Member (uncredited)
Michelle Mazurki ...
(uncredited)
Midori ...
Servant (uncredited)
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Naval Officer (uncredited)
Yvonne Peattie ...
Sister Matthew (uncredited)
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Deckhand Who Cries 'Man Overboard' (uncredited)
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Festus (uncredited)
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Family Council Member (uncredited)
Charles Seel ...
Grand Uncle Sedley Atterbury Pennyfeather (uncredited)
Leslie Sketchley ...
Chief Petty Officer (uncredited)
John Stafford ...
Child (uncredited)
Sara Taft ...
Family Council Member (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ...
James (uncredited)
Aissa Wayne ...
Native Girl (uncredited)
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Australian Navy Lieutenant (uncredited)
Lee Woodd ...
Islander (uncredited)

Directed by

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John Ford

Written by

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Frank S. Nugent ... (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) and
James Edward Grant ... (screenplay)
 
Edmund Beloin ... (story)
 
James A. Michener ... (story) (uncredited)

Produced by

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John Ford ... producer

Music by

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Cyril J. Mockridge ... (music scored by) (as Cyril Mockridge)

Cinematography by

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Otho Lovering

Art Direction by

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Eddie Imazu
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer
Darrell Silvera

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Nellie Manley ... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Don Robb ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wingate Smith ... assistant director
Patrick Ford ... second unit director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Charles Grenzbach ... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Jerry Gatlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green ... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... stunts (uncredited)
Leo C. Richmond ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... stunts (uncredited)
Ron Veto ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eddie Garvin ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Brick Marquard ... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Thomas Morris ... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Rhea ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Bernie Abramson ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

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Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator
Irvin Talbot ... conductor

Other crew

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Richard Mueller ... Technicolor color consultant
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Wild, Wayne and Wonderful! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La taverne de l'Irlandais (France)
  • Die Hafenkneipe von Tahiti (Germany)
  • La taberna del irlandés (Spain)
  • Die Hafenkneipe von Tahiti (Austria)
  • Etelämeren seikkailijat (Finland)
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Runtime
  • 109 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,686,585 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Because of the age difference, John Wayne felt very uncomfortable with the romantic scenes with Elizabeth Allen, and asked John Ford to cast Maureen O'Hara opposite him instead. Ford refused and replied "Are you going to be the one who tells her she's perfect because she's old?". After this movie, Wayne made the decision to confine his romantic interests to mature women. See more »
Goofs When Amelia first starts skiing, she loses her bathing cap. After falling in the water, the cap is back on her head. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood Remembers Lee Marvin (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Frere Jacques See more »
Quotes [Gilhooley about to throw bottle during fight]
Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan: Not the brandy, you dope!
Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley: [puts bottle carefully down on bar] Sorry!
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