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Donovan's Reef

Donovan's Reef

Donovan's Reef is a 1963 American Technicolor light-hearted comedy film starring John Wayne. It was directed by John Ford and filmed in Kauai, Hawaii but is set in French Polynesia.

Plot

The film begins with Thomas "Boats" Gilhooley ("boats" is a nickname for a boatswain's or bosun's mate) (Lee Marvin), an expatriate United States Navy veteran, working aboard a freighter. When he realizes that the ship is passing by Haleakaloha, French Polynesia, but not actually calling there as he had been promised, he jumps ship to swim to the island.