- Acting of Lead Performers
- Acting of Supporting Cast
- Music Score
- Title Sequence
- Historical Importance
- Would You Recommend?
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Watched it as a child in the late 60s and only recall Donovan's line "Fresh kid, I oughta belt ya.". :)
Donavan's Reef, we were in it
- Jimmy "D"
Myself and my two brothers were in this film. We were kids always playing; In the Church scene the procession starts for the Three Kings are coming to bear gifts...and we walk in with the priest then the rain starts and we all huddled around the priests to not get wet.Fun times.
I also love the movie Donovan's reef and would like to know when you are showing it next. Would love to see it. It's been a long time since I've seen it.
- Joseph A. Williams
I really can't understand why TCM shows the same John Wayne movies over and over. They should intersperse them with others that have not been shown so frequently.....My wish is that they start showing his movies that have not been shown as often.....and they're are plenty to chose from, including this one....SHOW DONOVAN'S REEF in your schedule....geesh, it's not even listed to buy on any forum!!!!! Show the darn movie on TCM!!!! Thank You
- kevin sellers
I've always heard that Ford stayed sober until after his pictures then went on a drunk. For this one he seems to have reversed the order.
I love this movie and I never see it come on any more. :(
My Favorite Film
- Jodee DiGiovanni
I have always loved this charming film for it's historical aspect storyline, the way that several societal ills of the time are treated (bigotry, respect for different religious beliefs, blended families, self sacrifice for others like Doc staying on the island after the war, the May-September romance between Amelia & Guns, and even the wrong perception that the island dwellers had of Amelia before she showed her strength and humanity to them). The casting was wonderful and I love seeing movies where John Wayne has humor like this film and McClintock! Sit back and enjoy the film!
Good buddy reunion
- Chuck Wilson
This is classic John Wayne. John Wayne and Lee Marvin in a comedy works great. Lee Marvin was a great comedic actor (Cat Ballou) and John Wayne could do both with ease. Add Jack Warden, Cesar Romero and Dorothy Lamour and you have a hilarious romp. Mix in Elizabeth Allen as a stuffy Bostonian love interest for John Wayne and three delightful children to the blend and you have it all. And, we can't forget a classic barroom brawl with Lee Marvin and John Wayne. This is a must see for anyone who likes good decent comedy with a good story line.