Donovans Reef

Directed By: John Ford Starring: Lee Marvin John Wayne

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Two navy veterans cover for a buddy whose daughter has found his polynesian paradise.


Studio Paramount
SKU 40151880
UPC 097360622041
UPC 14 00097360622041
Format DVD
Release Date 4/11/2006
Rating NR
Classic Fight Scenes
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note The hilarious DONOVAN'S REEF, one of John Ford's rare but memorable forays into comedy, is set on the South Sea island of Haleakoloha, where two navy buddies have decided to stay after World War II. Michael "Guns" Donovan (John Wayne) and Aloysius "Boats" Gilhooley (Lee Marvin), who like to celebrate their mutual birthday every year by trying to beat the hell out of each other, are enacting the ritual in Guns's bar, Donovan's Reef. Dr. William Dedham (Jack Warden), scion of a wealthy family and another societal dropout, breaks up the fight after an appropriate amount of damage has been done. He soon learns that his very proper daughter, Amelia (Elizabeth Allen), is about to arrive from Boston, unaware that he's had three children by a Polynesian princess. Dedham persuades Guns to pretend to be the father of his kids during the visit in order to be spared Amelia's wrath. While Dedham's daughter is initially put off by the juvenile antics of Donovan's crew, the tavern owner's feelings toward her are far more positive. After she beats him in a swimming competition, she begins to see his appeal. Filmed in Kauai, Hawaii, this entertaining family-oriented comedy is stoked with broad physical gags and the inspired tomfoolery of the cast. The most notable performance belongs to Wayne, who ends his long, hugely successful, and artistically triumphant collaboration with Ford on a high and suitably revelatory note, their last film together a roisterous, laugh-filled party.
Plot Summary
Summary A snooty Boston girl arrives on a tiny South Pacific isle in search of her missing father and encounters two old salty dogs.
Entertainment Weekly "[A] South-Pacific-set action comedy that boasts a couple of good bar brawls..." 06/01/2007 p.56
John Ford
Lee Marvin
John Wayne
Cast & Crew
Elizabeth Allen - Actor
Jack Warden - Actor
John Wayne - Actor
Lee Marvin - Actor
John Ford - Director
William H. Clothier - Director of Photography
Cyril J. Mockridge - Musical Score
John Ford - Producer
Edmund Beloin, et al. - Story By
Frank S. Nugent - Writer
James Edward Grant - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1963
Catalog ID 062204
UPC 00097360622041
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 108 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wayne,John
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Action-comedy bounces along with a good cast... Lots of fun...

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