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Donovan's Reef

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Format:  DVD
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  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 48 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 12, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1963
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten55%

TOMATOMETER
Total Count: 11

Upright76%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 8,577
Rating: 4/5 -- Playful fisticuffs + John Wayne + gorgeous Hawaiian location = fun John Ford.
Kansas City Kansan
Oct 25, 2004
Rating: 5/5 -- Brilliant John Ford comedy with serious commentary on racism
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jul 30, 2002
Rating: 63/100 -- A promising premise, gorgeous scenery and an entertaining performance by John Wayne are wasted in this formulaic and self-contradictory John Ford effort.
Apollo Guide
Jun 15, 2001
[It] makes it harder than ever to understand why director John Ford is still venerated by a dogged cult in Britain and Europe. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Oct 7, 2019
For once director John Ford used his cornball sense of humor in a proper setting. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
May 21, 2007
[A] South-Pacific-set action comedy that boasts a couple of good bar brawls...
Entertainment Weekly
Jun 1, 2007
Rating: C+ -- Though not in top form, director John Ford and star John Wayne, building on previous and better collaborations in this easy-going (and lazy) adventure set in the Pacific, offering good old fun with the Duke, Jack Warden, Dorothy Lamour and Lee Marvin. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Mar 11, 2008

Product Description:

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 Synopsis:

A snooty Boston girl arrives on a tiny South Pacific isle in search of her missing father and encounters two old salty dogs.

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  • Sales Rank: 10,727
  • UPC: 032429280930
  • Shipping Weight: 0.16/lbs (approx)
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