Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

DVD - 2003
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Stranded together on a Pacific Island a nun and a marine sergeant hide out from invading Japanese troops.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2003, c1985.
Edition: Widescreen (2.35:1) edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (106 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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May 05, 2018

John Huston’s Cinemascope adaptation of Charles Shaw’s novel is as chaste a love story as you’re likely to see thanks in part to the meddling of the Hays Office, yet Kerr and Mitchum make it seem plausible. In this her fourth Oscar-nominated performance Kerr seems a natural in that white habit and ponderous crucifix, an engaging mixture of naïvety and grace to complement Mitchum’s gruff pragmatism. Yet Huston lets neither character sink to the level of cliché for despite her pious resolve Sister Angela is keenly aware of the temptation laid before her and Allison possesses a streak of gentleness that belies his crusty demeanour and fondness for rice wine and tobacco. And all this is conveyed with little more than a simple look, a downcast smile, an offhand remark, while the ocean crashes and the palm trees sway. Not a romance by an means, rather a story about two people bound by vows (Cpl. Allison is as married to the Marines as Sr. Angela is to God) yet finding themselves in circumstances where the warmth of another human being is as essential as food and water.

Nov 29, 2016

A movie from the past that may be over looked by present audiences! That would be a shame because it is one of Robert Mitchum's best films. He is on camera almost the entire film and boy is it worth watching him perform. He never goes over the top but plays his part just as you would expect a committed Marine to handle a desperate situation. Please don't let any review or description of the movie put you off! This is a movie classic of the highest order!

Mar 31, 2015

this movie was produced in the Fifties when American marines were still celebrated, however loutish, primitive, a part Mitchum delivers with as much effort - Deborah Kerr is the only reason to see this movie, her Irish nun, complete with accent, is worthy of the Oscar nomination she received for it - Mitchum, naturally, wins her admiration, though not her chastity, thankfully, he also wins the war in the Pacific, single-handedly and without casualties, cause God, of course, intervenes, to bolster American militancy, also to cater to American audiences

Dec 09, 2014

I saw this film when I was 11. I liked it then and I like it now. It was interesting to see it through the eyes of an adult. The lead characters are great actors and brought that moment in time alive even now. The final scene still gives me goose bumps.

Jan 10, 2013

The first half an hour bored me to death with no fascinating actions at all; so much so that I had to quit.
This is a 1957 CinemaScope film which tells the story of two people stranded on an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
The movie was adapted by John Huston and John Lee Mahin from the novel by Charles Shaw and directed by Huston.
They say, "If a script is good, even bad actors could make a so-so movie, but when a script is bad, even good actors could not make a good movie."
Unfortunately, the latter is the case, I suppose.

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