Acclaimed director John Ford and screen legend John Wayne team up for what would be their final collaboration in this boisterous, rowdy South Seas escapade. The Duke, Lee Marvin and Jack Warden play World War II navy buddies who have made the French Polynesian island of Haleakaloha their post-war paradise. Local headquarters is Donovan's Reef, Wayne's rough-and-tumble watering hole where bragging, brawling, and full-blown misbehavior are the order of the day. But destined to create more turmoil than any barroom fisticuffs is the sudden arrival of Elizabeth Allen, a straight-laced Boston blue blood. She's hoping to locate her long-estranged father (Warden), affirm that he is "not of good moral character," and then assume control of the family's shipping dynasty back home in the States. Suave, debonair Cesar Romero and a sarong-clad Dorothy Lamour add to the laughs - and mayhem - in this tropical comedy treat.

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Donovan's Reef (1963)

Action/Adventure/Romance/Comedy · 1h 49m · 7/19/1963

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Acclaimed director John Ford and screen legend John Wayne team up for what would be their final collaboration in this boisterous, rowdy South Seas escapade. The Duke, Lee Marvin and Jack Warden play World War II navy buddies who have made the French Polynesian island of Haleakaloha their post-war paradise. Local headquarters is Donovan's Reef, Wayne's rough-and-tumble watering hole where bragging, brawling, and full-blown misbehavior are the order of the day. But destined to create more turmoil than any barroom fisticuffs is the sudden arrival of Elizabeth Allen, a straight-laced Boston blue blood. She's hoping to locate her long-estranged father (Warden), affirm that he is "not of good moral character," and then assume control of the family's shipping dynasty back home in the States. Suave, debonair Cesar Romero and a sarong-clad Dorothy Lamour add to the laughs - and mayhem - in this tropical comedy treat.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United States

Production Company

John Ford Productions

Budget

$2,686,000

Revenue

$6,600,000
Cast
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John Wayne

Michael Patrick 'Guns' Donovan
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Lee Marvin

Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley
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Elizabeth Allen

Ameilia Sarah Dedham
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Jack Warden

Dr. William Dedham
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Cesar Romero

Marquis Andre de Lage
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Dick Foran

Australian Navy Officer
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Dorothy Lamour

Miss Lafleur
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Marcel Dalio

Father Cluzeot
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Mike Mazurki

Sergeant Monk Menkowicz
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Jacqueline Malouf

Lelani Dedham
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Cherylene Lee

Sally Dedham
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Jeffrey Byron

Luki Dedham (as Tim Stafford)
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Edgar Buchanan

Boston Attorney
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Jon Fong

Mister Eu
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Frank Baker

Captain Martin (uncredited)
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Carmen Estrabeau

Sister Gabrielle (uncredited)
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Harold Fong

Sells Ameilia a swimsuit (uncredited)
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Dan Ford

Child (uncredited)
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Duke Green

Mate (uncredited)
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Sam Harris

Family council member (uncredited)
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Fred Jones

Family council member (uncredited)
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June Y. Kim

Servant (uncredited)
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Carl M. Leviness

Family council member (uncredited)
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King Lockwood

Lawyer (uncredited)
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Cliff Lyons

Australian Navy officer (uncredited)
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Mae Marsh

Family council member (uncredited)
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Michelle Mazurki

(uncredited)
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Ron Nyman

Naval officer (uncredited)
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Yvonne Peattie

Sister Matthew (uncredited)
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John Qualen

Deck hand who cries 'Man Overboard' (uncredited)
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Chuck Roberson

Festus (uncredited)
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Scott Seaton

Family council member (uncredited)
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Charles Seel

Grand uncle Sedley Atterbury (uncredited)
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Mickey Simpson

Crewman Gilhooley hits with Mop (uncredited)
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John Stafford

Child (uncredited)
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Sara Taft

Family council member (uncredited)
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Ralph Volkie

James (uncredited)
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Aissa Wayne

Native girl (uncredited)
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Patrick Wayne

Navy Lieutenant (uncredited)
Crew
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John Ford

Director
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Frank S. Nugent

Writer
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James Edward Grant

Writer
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Edmund Beloin

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

Donovan's Reef

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

6/5/2001

Disc Title Front Cover

Donovan’s Reef

(DVD)

$4.99 -$1.00 (17%)

Disc Title Front Cover

Donovan's Reef

(DVD)

9/12/2017

Disc Title Front Cover

Donovan's Reef

(DVD)

1/8/2013

Disc Title Front Cover

Donovan's Reef

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

6/5/2001

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