Donovan's Reef 1963

Donovan's Reef

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Three World War II Navy veterans -- Donovan (John Wayne), Doc Dedham (Jack Warden) and Gilhooley (Lee Marvin) -- converge on the French Polynesian island of Haleakaloha and team up to deceive Dedham's prim daughter (Elizabeth Allen), who has just learned of her father's existence and his inherited stock from the company of which she is chairman, and hopes to find just cause to reclaim his shares. Dedham's marriage to an island woman serves to further threaten his share in the company.

Cast & Crew

John Wayne
Michael Patrick "Guns" Donovan
Lee Marvin
"Boats" Gilhooley
Elizabeth Allen
Ameilia Sarah Dedham
Jack Warden
Dr. William Dedham
Cesar Romero
Marquis Andre de Lage
Dorothy Lamour
Miss Lafleur
Marcel Dallio
Father Cluzeot
Mike Mazurki
Sergeant Monk Menkowicz
Cherylene Lee
Sally Dedham
John Ford
Director
John Ford
Producer
Cyril J. Mockridge
Original Music
William H. Clothier
Cinematographer
Otho Lovering
Film Editor
Eddie Imazu
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Critic Reviews for Donovan's Reef

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Audience Reviews for Donovan's Reef

  • Jan 03, 2010
    The writing is a little sloppy, and overall things are silly and everything is meant to be light entertainment-but I rather enjoyed this. It was funny, even if things seem very dated and silly, but still, a good laugh or two or three never hurt anyone-especially when the intentions are good. It is weird (but cool) seeing Lee Marvin as comic relief though.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2007
    Donovan's Reef was the final collaboration between Johns Wayne and Ford, and features manly men doing manly things such as swill booze, chomp on cee-gars and hit each other with furniture. It can best be seen as a kind of attempt to make a masculine romantic comedy. However to me it just seemed like a western set in the south seas with all but the bar room brawls, sentiment and romance removed. In other words, with all the good bits removed. It's not dreadful as such, but it's gender politics are very dated (as if a young Boston sophisticate would be attracted to an middle-aged, brawling, beer sodden school boy) and it's just not that funny. Not a fitting epilogue to a partnership that produced some of the cinematic greats. Or maybe I'm just not "manly" enough...
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2006
    Good funny with John Wayne and Lee Marvin, but I see heaps of mistakes in saloon brawl scenes.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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