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The Dove (1974)

The true story of a 16 year old (Robin Lee Graham, played by Joseph Bottoms) who sailed alone around the world in a 23 foot sloop named "The Dove". On his journey he meets and falls in love... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writers:

Robin Lee Graham (novel), Derek Gill (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Bottoms ... Robin Lee Graham
Deborah Raffin ... Patti Ratteree
John McLiam ... Lyle Graham
Dabney Coleman ... Charles Huntley
John Anderson ... Mike Turk
Colby Chester ... Tom Barkley
Ivor Barry Ivor Barry ... Kenniston
Setoki Ceinaturoga Setoki Ceinaturoga ... Young Fijian
Reverend Nikula Reverend Nikula ... Minister
Apenisa Naigulevu Apenisa Naigulevu ... Cruise Ship Captain
John Meillon ... Tim
Gordon Glenwright Gordon Glenwright ... Darwin Harbour Master
Garth Meade Garth Meade ... South African Customs Official
Peter Gwynne Peter Gwynne ... Fred C. Pearson
Cecily Polson Cecily Polson ... Mrs. Castaldi
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Storyline

The true story of a 16 year old (Robin Lee Graham, played by Joseph Bottoms) who sailed alone around the world in a 23 foot sloop named "The Dove". On his journey he meets and falls in love with a young woman (Patti Ratteree, played by Deborah Raffin) who is also traveling around the world. The story follows Robin around the world to many beautiful locals, as he grows from a boy to a man, finds himself, and finds the love of his life. Written by John Korb

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They searched the world until they found each other. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre Dois Destinos See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

St. George See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

David Cassidy was touted as a possible male lead but the deal fell through, either because Cassidy's asking price was too high or there was conflict with his Screen Gems television contract. See more »

Soundtracks

Sail the Summer Winds
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Lyn Paul
ABC Records ABDP-852
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This Dove Flies to a Different Path
26 September 2018 | by spookyrat1See all my reviews

Interesting film, more for what it isn't perhaps, rather than what it should have been.

Those expecting a 70's drama-packed teenage version of All Is Lost will be mightily disappointed. For a start the soundtrack is, sadly, just, all at sea. It's something I would have expected to better accompanying a wild life documentary. Neither do the two original songs add much to the emotional contexts of the occasions. They just seem to intrude uninvitingly.

In fact the dramatic aspects of this largely true story, are the movie's weakest aspect. This may partly be due to this 1974 film being produced on what even back then, was not a huge budget by any means. Mid-ocean tempests therefore are not excitingly enhanced by special effects. However the film undoubtedly still succeeds, in giving the audience a reasonable idea of the various challenges young Robin Lee Graham faced, in circumnavigating the globe in his tiny craft, among them for instance, losing a mast mid-voyage.

Alternatively, the love story between Robin and Patti emerges, in my opinion, as the strongest aspect of the narrative. There is an undeniable chemistry between the two leads and the picture works best, when both are onscreen together. Good to see that they both actually look the part.

As others have noted there is an unusual lack of back story to Robin's voyage and only the slightest mention in passing is made of the planning and organisation undertaken before he cast off. In fact we don't even see the beginning of the trip in Hawaii, as the film's action abruptly opens near Fiji.

This results in Robin's father in his relatively brief couple of appearances, perhaps unfairly, being cast as the "villain of the piece", when in reality, common sense tells us, as an experienced sailor, he must have had a huge role to play, in seeing his 16 year-old son set off on his historic voyage.

A rather charming little factor at play in The Dove, is the virtual complete absence of any sense of rush to complete the voyage, except possibly towards the end of the film. Robin doesn't really seem to care about when he finishes, which contrasts starkly with the intent of most contemporary sailors to set quicker and quicker, race and time records.

For those who might be interested, there are a number of brief appearances by well-known Australian actors in supporting roles and I did get a laugh out of seeing a young Dabney Coleman, join in the fun, playing an Aussie I think, with an amusingly hybrid accent.


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