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Reap the Wild Wind (John Wayne) [DVD]

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Ray Milland, Susan Hayward, Paulette Goddard, Raymond Massey
  • Directors: Cecil B. de Mille
  • Producers: Cecil B. de Mille
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FMG01Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Key West in 1940 plays host to a thriving salvage business based on the many wrecks of ships found in the vicinity. Always first on the scene is King Cutler (Raymond Massey), arousing the suspicions of ship owner Loxi Claiborne (Paulette Goddard). Loxi's suitor, Captain Jack Stuart (John Wayne), is also implicated in the scam, thanks to the accusations of lawyer Steve Tolliver (Raymond Milland), who wants Loxi for himself.

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John Wayne was in the early stages of superstardom when this lavish Cecil B. DeMille adventure was produced in 1942, so it's interesting to see the Duke in a heroic supporting role as opposed to the commanding one. Here he's on equal footing with Ray Milland in the romantic lead; they play a pair of dashing yet wildly different characters who've both fallen for a feisty Southern belle played by Paulette Goddard. It's 1840 on Florida's Key West, and while Wayne plays a daring seaman eager to command a brand-new steamship, his ambitions are hampered by his daredevil reputation and the ruthless profiteering of a salvager (Raymond Massey) who preys on ships that are routinely wrecked in the Key's rocky coastal waters. Milland plays the dapper gentleman who can decide Wayne's future, but Wayne's competitive edge leads to a progression of apparent betrayals and shifting allegiances. Ultimately, both men cast aside their differences to seek justice on the open sea, where an underwater encounter with a giant octopus threatens to bury them both in a watery grave.

Providing spectacle and romance as only DeMille could serve it up, this blustery adventure has its share of corny dialogue and obligatory crowd-pleasing action, but that's all part of the movie's considerable charm. It's like Gone with the Wind on the open sea, with the high-spirited Goddard (who had been a candidate for the role of Scarlett O'Hara) holding her own with her chest-thumping costars. DeMille fills his frame with delightful characters and background business, spicing up the story with just enough humour and hokum to offset the movie's forgivable flaws.--Jeff Shannon.

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I first saw Reap the Wild Wind on Channel 2 in Astoria, Queens, New York on a Sunday -- on the TV movie which ran at 1:00pm, while all us churchgoers were home now, and Mother was putting the roast on. Reap was and is an American story.
We first meet Loxi(Paulette Goddard), a provacative, headstrong young woman who is involved in her work -- she's not sittin' home, fannin' herself, havin' juleps. Our first sight of her shows her out on the waves, rescuing downed shipmen. She becomes torn between two strong men -- the understated, determined sea captain (John Wayne) and his antagonist (Ray Milland), a lawyer for the ship's firm who's out to prove that our wonderful captain deliberately scuttled "The Southern Cross" -- for profit!
We see Paulette kiss, get kissed, get spanked (no, it's not a John Ford film), almost get married -- she even sings tolerble well a sea shanty.
The subplots really uphold and expand Reap the Wild Wind: a cousin's shawl; brother vs. brother; a trial; a woman's scream; the undersea battle between two men, battling not only for proof, not only for a woman's love, but also for their lives.
The supporting cast -- Daniel Massey, Robert Preston, Susan Hayward -- and the stunning orchestration by Victor Young -- make this a must see film.
Paulette Goddard had been spurned for Gone With the Wind. Joel McCrea turned down the John Wayne role. Wayne-Goddard together -- the wild wind. See it!
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 May 2007
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Cecil B. de Mille's typically lavish tale of wrecks and wreckers, Reap the Wild Wind, stars Paulette Godard, Ray Milland, John Wayne and that giant squid. Godard gets to play a Southern belle the way she'd have probably played Scarlett O'Hara had she got it, so we all had a lucky escape there, while Raymond Massey provides the black-hearted villainy as he lures the Duke's honest skipper onto the reefs in more ways than one. There's gorgeous Technicolor photography and some generally impressive special effects work - the studio tank work on the opening wreck is particularly striking - though I could have done without Ray Milland's ventriloquist act with the dog.

Universal's DVD offers a superb transfer which corrects most of the audio problems with their video release and which includes a reissue trailer for good measure.
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Set in the 1840"s this is a tale of piracy. clipper ships, wrecked ships,romance and comedy in Key West. It is a gripping story acted on land, at sea, in the sea in fair and stormy weather. It is similar to a good book - you will be glued to the TV from the beginning to the end and will look forward to seeing it again and again. I was!!
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I first watched this film when I was a young girl and loved it so it brings back many happy memories of it. Love the squid.
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This is the only film that I have seen that portrays John Wayne as less than a hero. Iove his films, but I actually felt sad seeing him as the villain of the film,stupid of me I know, but that is how I felt after viewng it.
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this film is really another excellent movie about the sailing ships and early steam ships of America.have recently had to send
back because it does,nt play on my dvd player,am hoping that amazon will be able to send me another copy that's not am import.
thankyou.
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john wayne is no 1 in our book so there was no way we were going to miss this one an excellent film well worth watching
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Saw this a long time ago and remembered it was exciting! It still is!
May very well watch it again - not something I do very often with films.
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