Reap the Wild Wind

Cecil B. DeMille's greatest
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: December 15, 1998
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) Encoding
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1942 - Best Sound Effects: Not Applicable
Academy Awards 1942 - Best Special Effects: Not Applicable

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 1,632
One of the greatest and most extraordinary movies we have admired from DeMille. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Sep 16, 2019
...Irresistibly hokey...
USA Today
Mar 17, 1989
Rating: 3/5 -- Tepid DeMille spectacle enlivened by a giant squid.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Feb 12, 2003
Rating: 3.5/4 -- The film's most interesting element is seeing Wayne cast in a role with unexpectedly dark shadings, a far cry from the spotless heroes he played during this period but a hint at the complex characters he would later essay in The Searchers and Red River. Full Review
Film Frenzy
Sep 22, 2019
The show, on a grand DeMille scale, is technically magnificent and will earn many times its cost at the nation's box offices. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Mar 19, 2019
Rating: 2/5 -- Another overblown Cecil B. DeMille "epic." One of his lesser efforts.
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Oct 23, 2002
Rating: B- -- DeMille's epic spectacle has a preposterous plot but the undersea effects are good and so is the acting; it's hard to believe but Ray Milland was then a bigger name than John Wayne, who gets second billing. Susan Hayward is billed below Paulette Godard. Full Review
May 9, 2007

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Cecil B. DeMille directs an all-star cast in this turbulent, swashbuckling tale, set in 1840s Key West, that earned an Academy Award for Special Effects. Ray Milland, John Wayne, Paulette Goddard and Susan Hayward star in what Daily Variety hails as "a potent combination of the romantic, the vivid Technicolor trappings."

Product Description:

John Wayne, Ray Milland, and Paulette Goddard team up with the legendary producer-director Cecil B. DeMille to create one of the greatest swashbuckling epics of all time. Adventures on the panoramic high seas highlight this tale of two men competing for the same woman. Key West in the 1840s is filled with salvage businesses thriving on the cargo of wrecked ships dashed against the coral reefs. Spunky ship owner Loxi Claiborne (Paulette Goddard) suspects salvager King Cutler (Raymond Massey) of foul play, since he's always first on the scene at a wreck. The independent, kittenish Southern gal is waiting on deck to help rescue the latest survivors of a wreck when she meets courageous Captain Jack Stuart (John Wayne), who instantly falls for the free-spirited Loxi. Loxi and Jack promise themselves to one another and make arrangements to meet up in Charleston. But, once in Charleston, Loxi meets lawyer Stephen Tolliver (Ray Milland). Despite Loxi's refusal to act like a typical blushing Southern belle, she quickly entices the debonair businessman, who decides that he will do anything to make her his wife. The rivals in love become enemies in the courtroom when Jack helms another wreck and Tolliver suspects foul play. Who will be found guilty and how hinges on some amazing developments. Along with the star-studded cast, this glorious sea spectacle stars huge clipper ships, storms splintering on the rocks, and a giant squid in a memorable underwater battle.

Plot Synopsis:

Cecil B. DeMille set this epic drama of ship salvagers in 1840s Key West, Florida. Among the film's most exciting scenes are the two rivals joining forces to fight an octopus underwater, a hurricane that smashes and breaks the boats, and the heroine caught in the waves.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: March 19, 1942.
  • This picture marked Cecil B. DeMille's 30th anniversary as a filmmaker.
  • The film includes the song "Sea Chantey (The Nellie B)," music by Victor Young, lyrics by Frank Loesser, sung by Paulette Goddard.
  • Actress and infamous Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper costars as Loxi's aunt Henrietta Beresford.
  • The film was based on a story in the Saturday Evening Post by Thelma Strabel.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 21,987
  • UPC: 025192043727
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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