Heaven Knows, Mr Allison

Heaven Knows, Mr Allison

John Huston (1957)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A US marine corporal stationed on a South Pacific island and a novice nun on a mission are forced into the hills when Japanese forces arrive and set up military bases during the Second World War. Before long the pair develop strong emotional ties, but in resisting their feelings for each other the relationship becomes one of deep mutual respect. Romantic drama, written and directed by John Huston, with Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr.

Cast & Crew

Cpl Allison Robert Mitchum
Sister Angela Deborah Kerr
Director John Huston

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD