Jan. 14, 2009, 3:47 a.m. CST
Wayne's best film, maybe Ford's as well.
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:05 a.m. CST
While it doesn't reach the heights of his many masterpieces, "Donovan's Reef" is a delight, especially seeing so many great actors - Wayne, Marvin, Cesar Romero, Marcel Dalio, Edgar Buchanan. And yes, Elizabeth Allen is a delight. And those brawling sailors are supposed to be Australians (from the corvette sent to honor the hereditary princess of the islands. Patrick Wayne does a passable Australian accent with his one sentence. Yes, the racial attitudes seem a bit dated but in the end (like "The Searchers"), it comes out all right as Amelia bows before the princess.
Jan. 14, 2009, 4:08 a.m. CST
Any word on The Primevals?
Jan. 14, 2009, 5:32 a.m. CST
recently had 2 Ford movies I had never seen, THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING and THE MISFITS, both were a delight to find, espically THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING, Sean Connery and Micheal Caine chewing scenery with the best of them. It's always fun to find fun Ford movies (like Donovon's Reef), I sometimes enjoy them more then I do his 'real' movies
Jan. 14, 2009, 5:45 a.m. CST
Bloo, you mean John Huston.
Jan. 14, 2009, 6:30 a.m. CST
by The Bicycle Sharer
Literally. My family had a small piece of property near the back of his head. It was hard to see us, as he usually covered us up with his rug.<p>Seriously, though, love the Duke and love "Donovan's Reef." I remember being a little kid and watching this movie on Saturdays with my dad. Good, if dated, flick.
Jan. 14, 2009, 6:55 a.m. CST
...Especially the backstory that's gradually revealed throughout the film. I've always thought It'd make for a great TV series re-boot...
Jan. 14, 2009, 8:04 a.m. CST
One of the best written, best delivered lines of double entendre I have ever seen in a movie. That little bit of hesitation almost makes Donovan's Reef a classic.
Jan. 14, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST
my brain isn't firing right at the moment...no sleep...too much beer
Jan. 14, 2009, 9:07 a.m. CST
by Billy Oblivion
Nice review, but I think the reviewer would be well repaid by watching it again. The comments about the stereotyping are accurate, but I feel that it was done for a purpose. The movie has things to say about assumed cultural superiority, assimilation, and tolerance. Actually, "tolerance" is the wrong word. It always sounds to me like a person of assumed superiority being all noble about allowing persons of other cultures to share his planet. That assumed superiority is one of the things this film questions. On the surface the film is a bit of fluff, but pulling off that sort of thing is surprisingly difficult. And for fluff, it has some interesting layers. For instance, the Dorothy Lamour bit that the reviewer seemed to find painful struck me as a bittersweet bit of self-parody. Watch some of her earlier work, like the "Road to ..." shows from 20 years earlier and you might see this scene as a fond recollection, a bit of a lament for lost youth, and maybe a warning about acting your age. Note that she, Marvin, and Wayne are all playing forty-somethings that in some respects seem to be stuck behaving like twenty-somethings. Also, if you've only seen this movie on TV, much seems to have been cut, including my favorite scene. They are cutting down a Christmas tree (this is an excellent holiday movie) which leads to a thoughtful and touching message about religious tolerance and cultural imperialism without being preachy. There are a number of nice little bits like that. The movie actually improves on subsequent viewings. I wouldn't call it subtle, but it is more layered than you might expect from the review. Thanks; this was a good review of a nice film. Another point for AMAD as the best column on the site.
Jan. 14, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST
in a swimsuit - best part of the movie. Elizabeth Allen kissing John Wayne-creepiest part of the movie. Still, its fun. Also, I love the opening music. Someone once mentioned that this could be sort of an unofficial sequal to They Were Expendable. I like the idea that the characters from that movie found peace afterward in the islands. It's a fun Saturday afternoon movie.
Jan. 14, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST
Drunk Irishmen fighting isn't funny? It's still a comedy staple today! I give you In Bruges, Boondock Saints, and the entire career of Guy Ritchie!
Jan. 14, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST
...that our approach to drunk Irishmen in film has refined itself over the years.
Jan. 14, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST
The look on Lee Marvin's face when he gets the train set at the end is priceless.
Jan. 14, 2009, 2:01 p.m. CST
by teh awesome
I love the Quiet Man, I never get tired of watching it. The Searchers is one of the best movies ever made.
Jan. 14, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST
just sort of go on like they had an outline for a script and decided to make up the rest of it as they went along. Donovan's Reef is a great little movie, as is Hatari, and of course, The Quiet Man, which is a film that you can tell was made with a lot of love for the material. The Quiet Man is mine and my wife's favorite film. I am sure that in Heaven there is a little corner that looks just like the idealized Ireland in the movie...
Jan. 15, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST
that was great stuff, but i just gotta say that those effects in the gate are still to this day the most amazing stuff i have ever seen. I still think they actually some how got real little demons to attack those kids..