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In Harm's Way / Donovan's Reef
In Harm's Way / Donovan's Reef
Actors: John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Allen, Jack Warden
Directors: John Ford, Otto Preminger
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Military & War
NR     2007     4hr 35min

Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 05/22/2007

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Actors: John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Allen, Jack Warden
Directors: John Ford, Otto Preminger
Creators: Edmund Beloin, Frank S. Nugent, James Bassett, James Edward Grant, James Michener, Wendell Mayes
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Classics, Military & War
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 05/22/2007
Original Release Date: 06/12/1963
Theatrical Release Date: 06/12/1963
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 4hr 35min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French

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Movie Reviews

A Duke Duo
bernie | Arlington, Texas | 04/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

""In Harm's Way"

This movie is enjoyable on many levels.

Right off you know it is a John Wayne movie. It is bound to have some John Wayne formula and actors that he works with in other movies. Add to this a cast not just of names, but actors that have a following in their won right. Now you have some great material to work with.

Throw in Director Otto Preminger, who directed "Laura" (1944) (see my review) and many other fine films.

Add an intriguing story. It almost seems like two films. The first film being before the war with the relationships surrounding navy life and the Eddingtons (Kirk Douglas, and Barbara Bouchet). The second is after the war gets going with too many subplots to name. However I appreciated the relationship as Captain Rockwell Torrey (John Wayne) rediscovers and builds a relationship with his son, Ensign Jeremiah 'Jere' Torrey (Brandon De Wilde).

You get the entire DVD goodie that make them work while. This includes (Original making-of In Harm's Way)

I do not want to leave you with some idea that this is some sort of artsy movie. It really is a war movie with fast ships going in harm's way.
"Donovan's Reef"

You say it's your birthday

Yes it is a John Wayne movie and has many of his standard cast. This is a Christmas movie and a birthday movie. And, And, And. John Wayne gets to say, "Swing your legs...limbs over" in his John Wane manner.

Cesar Romero (Marquis Andre de Lage) is always scheming to go to Hollywood and is the first to bring up the fact that the offspring of Jack Warden (Dr. William Dedham) are half-cast and may not meet Boston standards. This leads to situations that just keep snowballing. "Oh, what tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."

Everyone gets an appropriate present for Christmas. But I think the best one is the one that Lee Marvin (Thomas Aloysius 'Boats' Gilhooley) receives. And he gets to play King of America at the pageant.

There is not a slow moment in this film and you have to keep up with all the subplots. And the scenery is breathtaking.

Got What I Paid For
Mary McCowin | Ramona, CA USA | 09/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was actually an anniversary gift for my husband as he had mentioned a few weeks before that he would like to be able to watch "In Harms Way" all the way through whenever he wanted to. When I went to Amazon, they had the combination DVD of "In Harms Way and Donovan's Reef" together at a very reasonable price. Since my husband likes both of these movies (actually anything John Wayne), I purchased the combination and it was the one that had the highest rating.

We've been very pleased with the DVD and my husband has watched it probably 4 or 5 times since it arrived (I might think about sending it back if it keeps up at this rate!). For anyone who loves John Wayne movies and the story of Pearl Harbor (in a movie - black/white - version) they will enjoy it. Also "Donovan's Reef" is a real kick as there is comedy in it with Lee Marvin and a number of other characters that are truly John Wayne consistent characters."
In Harm's Way/Donovan's Reef
B. Austin | 01/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This review is about the DVD. The quality of the DVD is excellent and well worth the money. It should be noted that the aspect ratio is different than what is listed here on Amazon at 1.33:1. In Harm's Way the aspect ratio is 2.35:1 and the aspect ratio for Donovan's Reef is 1.85:1"
Both favorites
Country Woman | Kansas | 06/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I started looking for DVD's to replace my old VHS tapes I was so happy to see two of my favorite John Wayne movies together.