Heaven Knows, Mr Allison

  • PG
  • John Huston (1957)
  • US
  • 101 min
Heaven Knows, Mr Allison
Film Review
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4 out of 5

This is a rare gem, a marvellously touching two-hander beautifully acted by the sublime duo of Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr in their prime. The tale is simplicity itself: she's a nun and he's a marine, and they're stranded on a Japanese-occupied Pacific island during the Second World War. There are echoes of the much-loved African Queen, also directed by John Huston, who here wisely lets the stars bring their magic touch to the clever screenplay. This is an early 20th Century-Fox CinemaScope feature, and the compositions and locations are superbly handled by the great English cameraman Ossie Morris, while Russell Lloyd's editing is dynamic, especially in the exciting bravado raids by Mitchum into enemy territory. Kerr won an Oscar nomination for best actress, but perhaps even she couldn't quite overcome her character's somewhat sketchy motivation. No matter, sit back and enjoy.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum. Sister Angela, a Catholic nun, and US marine Allison find themselves stranded together on a South Pacific island occupied by the Japanese.

Cast and crew


Sister Angela
Deborah Kerr
Mr Allison
Robert Mitchum


John Huston

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on DVD
Certificate PG