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Heaven Knows, Mr Allison

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 1957
  • John Huston
  • 101 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Sister AngelaDeborah Kerr
Mr AllisonRobert Mitchum

Crew

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DirectorJohn Huston

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Languages
English | Japanese
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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