Donovan's Reef

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Donovan's Reef

John Ford
USA, 1963
Fiction, 109min, OF

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Donovan's Reef

John Ford
USA, 1963
Fiction, 109min, OF

Cast: 
John Wayne
Michael Patrick «Guns» Donovan
Lee Marvin
Thomas Aloysius «Boats» Gilhooley
Elizabeth Allen
Amelia Sarah Dedham
Jack Warden
Dr. William Dedham
Cesar Romero
Konsul André de Lage
Screenplay: 
Frank S. Nugent
James Edward Grant
nach einer Erzählung von Edmond Beloin
adaptiert von James Michener
Sound: 
Charles Grenzbach
Hugo Grenzbach
Camera: 
William Clothier
Editor: 
Otho Lovering
Composer: 
Cyril Mockridge
Decoration: 
Eddie Imazu
Hal Pereira
Costume: 
Edith Head

Production: 
Ford Productions, Paramount
Format: 
35 mm
Color

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 and Aloysius “Boats” Gilhooley, 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. Filmed in Kauai, Hawaii, this 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.