Donovan's Reef

  • U
  • John Ford (1963)
  • US
  • 104 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

This ramshackle but immensely enjoyable romp from John Ford was, sadly, the last teaming of the great director and his friend John Wayne. Both deserved a better farewell. In a knockabout tale, Elizabeth Allen co-stars as the prim Bostonian whose presence on a Pacific island disturbs the drinking and brawling lifestyle of the Duke and his navy buddy, Lee Marvin, and her dark beauty illuminates the film. There's a seasonal touch involving Dorothy Lamour and a children's Christmas, which some may find oversentimental, and really the only true merit in the whole ragged adventure is the Technicolor photography of veteran William Clothier.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring John Wayne and Lee Marvin. The war in the Pacific over, US sailors "Guns" Donovan, "Doc" Dedham and "Boats" Gilhooley settle down on an idyllic South Sea island. However, problems arise when Doc's daughter arrives, unaware that her father has a whole new Polynesian family.

Cast and crew

Cast

"Guns" Donovan
John Wayne
"Boats" Gilhooley
Lee Marvin
"Doc" Dedham
Jack Warden
Amelia Dedham
Elizabeth Allen
Andre de Lage
Cesar Romero
Fleur
Dorothy Lamour
Lelani
Jacqueline Malouf
Sergeant Menkowicz
Mike Mazurki
Father Cluzeot
Marcel Dalio
Mr Eu
Jon Fong
Sister Matthew
Yvonne Peattie
James
Ralph Volkie
Captain Martin
Frank Baker (1)
Sister Gabrielle
Carmen Estrabeau
Festus
Chuck Roberson
Boston attorney Francis X O'Brien
Edgar Buchanan

Crew

Director
John Ford

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount Film Service Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U
Distributor:
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Categories
Comedy
Drama