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Donovan's Reef


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 

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Overview

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.

Cast List

Dorothy Lamour - American actress, THE HURRICANE (1937)
Dorothy Leta Dorothy Kaumeyer - American actress, THE HURRICANE (1937)
Jack Warden - American actor, SHAMPOO, HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1979)
Lee Marvin - American Actor
Eddie Imazu - Art Director\"..Ziegfeld"
Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Cesar Romero - Actor, BATMAN (1966)
Ceaser Romero - Actor, BATMAN (1966)
Cesar Julio Romero - Actor, BATMAN (1966)
Frank S. Nugent - American Screenwriter, THE QUIET MAN (1952)
Frank Nugent - American Screenwriter, THE QUIET MAN (1952)
Elizabeth Allen - American supporting actor, DO I HEAR...?/STAR SPANGLED GIRL
Cyril J. Mockridge - Composer/Music Director
William Clothier - American Director of Photography
William H. Clothier - American Director of Photography
John Wayne - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Marion Michael Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Duke Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Dick Foran - American Supporting Actor
Richard Foran - American Supporting Actor
Dick "The Singing Cowboy" Foran - American Supporting Actor
James Edward Grant - American Writer
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Mike Mazurki - American Supporting Actor
Jacqueline Malouf - Actress - Donovan's Reef
Marcel Dalio - French Actor
Israel Blauschild - French Actor
Otho S. Lovering - Editor, mostly Westerns, 1920s-1960s
Otto Lovering - Editor, mostly Westerns, 1920s-1960s

 
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  • UPC: 883929304264
  • Rating: Not Rated

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

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

 
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