Donovan's Reef
Donovan's Reef (1963)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1963
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Playful fisticuffs + John Wayne + gorgeous Hawaiian location = fun John Ford.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

For once director John Ford used his cornball sense of humor in a proper setting.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliant John Ford comedy with serious commentary on racism

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A so-called fun film aimed at those who find it a hoot when someone gets hit over the head with a beer bottle.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

A promising premise, gorgeous scenery and an entertaining performance by John Wayne are wasted in this formulaic and self-contradictory John Ford effort.

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Chris Weber
The writing is a little sloppy, and overall things are silly and everything is meant to be light entertainment-but I rather enjoyed this. It was funny, even if… More
xGary Xx
Donovan's Reef was the final collaboration between Johns Wayne and Ford, and features manly men doing manly things such as swill booze, chomp on cee-gars… More
Dean McKenna
Good funny with John Wayne and Lee Marvin, but I see heaps of mistakes in saloon brawl scenes.