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All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows

Douglas Sirk (1955)

84min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
After the successful but preposterous weepie Magnificent Obsession, director Douglas Sirk reteamed with stars Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson for this exquisite melodrama. Wealthy widow Cary Scott (Wyman) risks the disapproval of her curtain-twitching neighbours and her own grown-up children when she embarks on a May-December romance with free-spirited gardener Ron Kirby (Hudson). Both leads are wonderful, with Hudson in particular bringing charm and tenderness to his role. Sumptuous Technicolor photography and lavish sets and costumes mean the film looks beautiful, and Sirk cleverly juxtaposes this with the ugliness of the attitudes that lie just beneath the surface. He deftly critiques the moral values (and hypocrisy) of 1950s America while simultaneously crafting a genuinely touching romance, making this one to melt even the hardest of hearts.

Summary

A wealthy New England widow breaks all the taboos of her conservative social circle by falling madly in love with her younger gardener. Her friends and grown-up children are scandalised as she contemplates marrying him, leaving her with a dilemma - to either bow to convention or take a chance at being happy. Romantic drama, with Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead and Conrad Nagel.

Cast & Crew

Cary Scott Jane Wyman
Ron Kirby Rock Hudson
Sara Warren Agnes Moorehead
Harvey Conrad Nagel
Alida Anderson Virginia Grey
Kay Scott Gloria Talbott
Ned Scott William Reynolds
Mona Flash Jacqueline de Wit
Mick Anderson Charles Drake
Jo-Ann Leigh Snowden
Howard Hoffer Donald Curtis
George Warren Alex Gerry
Director Douglas Sirk
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: J.A.R.F.D. Ltd Available on: Available on DVD

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