Donovan's Reef (1963)

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Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy.




  • Lee Marvin in Donovan's Reef (1963)
  • John Wayne and Lee Marvin in Donovan's Reef (1963)
  • John Wayne in Donovan's Reef (1963)
  • John Wayne and Elizabeth Allen in Donovan's Reef (1963)
  • Donovan's Reef (1963)
  • John Wayne and Elizabeth Allen in Donovan's Reef (1963)

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Frank S. Nugent (screenplay), James Edward Grant (screenplay), Edmund Beloin (story)

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24 February 2005 | Cactus-7
| Paradise Lost
With The Duke and Lee Marvin, I knew that this was going to be a fun movie to watch. No disappointment there. Filled with the splendor of the South Pacific and scored with beautiful music from the islands, it will appeal to any fan of the tropics. Elizabeth Allen is stunning as the leggy Boston blue blood who arrives on the island and gets everyone stirred up. She, along with Wayne, Marvin and Jack Warden make the film funny and appealing. If you want to watch a film that does not use today's hackneyed formula of gratuitous sex, profanity, explosions and car chases, fix yourself a Mai Tai, put on your flowered shirt and watch Donovan's Reef. Aloha.

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