Donovan's Reef
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John Ford's last film to deal with World War II, Donovan's Reef is an alternately comical and sentimental look back on the fighting Navy men from that war, and how and where -- in Ford's eyes, and Frank Nugent and James Edward Grant's script -- they should have ended up. Michael "Guns" Donovan (John Wayne), Thomas "Boats" Gilhooley (Lee Marvin), and Dr. William Dedham (Jack Warden), a trio of navy veterans who fought on the Pacific island of Haleakalowa during the war, now live on the island. Donovan and Gilhooley, biding time and enjoying themselves, engage… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though not in top form, director John Ford and star John Wayne, building on previous and better collaborations in this easy-going (and lazy) adventure set in the Pacific, offering good old fun with the Duke, Jack Warden, Dorothy Lamour and Lee Marvin."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Playful fisticuffs + John Wayne + gorgeous Hawaiian location = fun John Ford."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"For once director John Ford used his cornball sense of humor in a proper setting."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Brilliant John Ford comedy with serious commentary on racism"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A so-called fun film aimed at those who find it a hoot when someone gets hit over the head with a beer bottle."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A promising premise, gorgeous scenery and an entertaining performance by John Wayne are wasted in this formulaic and self-contradictory John Ford effort."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
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