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Donovans Reef (1963)

Director: John Ford     Starring: Lee Marvin John Wayne
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40151880
UPC: 097360622041
UPC 14: 00097360622041
Rating: NR
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Two navy veterans cover for a buddy whose daughter has found his polynesian paradise.

"Action-comedy bounces along with a good cast... Lots of fun...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide

Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/11/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 108 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1963
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 062204
Video UPC UPC: 00097360622041
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Elizabeth Allen
Video Cast Info Jack Warden
Video Cast Info John Wayne
Video Cast Info Lee Marvin
Video Cast Info John Ford - Director
Video Cast Info William H. Clothier - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Cyril J. Mockridge - Musical Score
Video Cast Info John Ford - Producer
Video Cast Info Edmund Beloin, et al. - Story By
Video Cast Info Frank S. Nugent - Writer
Video Cast Info James Edward Grant - Writer
Plot Summary
A snooty Boston girl arrives on a tiny South Pacific isle in search of her missing father and encounters two old salty dogs.

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] South-Pacific-set action comedy that boasts a couple of good bar brawls..." 06/01/2007 p.56

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Wayne,John
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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