Reap the Wild Wind (1942)


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Cecil B. DeMille's Technicolor historical spectacle Reap the Wild Wind was to have starred Gary Cooper, but Cooper's prior commitment to Goldwyn's Pride of the Yankees compelled DeMille to recast the leading role with John Wayne. The film, set in the mid-19th century, centers around Key West, Florida, where piracy reigns unchecked and steam engines are beginning to replace tall ships. Jack Stuart (Wayne) is a sea captain who crashes his vessel on the shoals of Key West. Loxi Claiborne (Paulette … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jesse Lasky, Jeanie Macpherson, Jesse Lasky Jr., Alan Le May, Charles Bennett
On DVD: Dec 15, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video



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Critic Reviews for Reap the Wild Wind

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A product of its time, DeMille's epic spectacle has preposterous plot but the undersea effects are good and so are the performances; hard to believe but Ray Milland was bigger name than Wayne, who gets second billing and deviates from his screen image

Full Review… | May 9, 2007

Tepid hokum adventure tale from Cecil B. De Mille.

Full Review… | October 5, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Reap the Wild Wind

I haven't watched many John Wayne films on DVD, mostly growing up and seeing them on TV, So this is a first. I don't think that the Duke was the main actor in this movie, think Ray Miland was Billed as Top Actor, but as The Duke rose to stardom, I think things changed. This is a Technicolor classic, and I still say that Technicolor was way ahead of its time and looks so much brighter then anything we have today. John Wayne plays Captain Jack Stuart pretty much a washed up ships captain because of sabotage within his own crew, but he falls in love with Susan Hayward who brings out the best in any man. A true Sea worthy adventure. Good classic to add to the collection, but only 3 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Florid, over the top De Mille epic, is there any other kind?
The technicolor is vivid, the costumes are beautiful and the acting is enjoyably over the top, with the exception of Susan Hayward who, honey chile accent notwithstanding,
gives a sweet, real performance amongst all the scenery chewing.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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