Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

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Overview

A two-person character study directed by John Huston, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison stars Robert Mitchum as a World War II Marine sergeant and Deborah Kerr as a Roman Catholic nun. Both nun and sergeant are marooned on a South Pacific island, hemmed in by surrounding Japanese troops. Mitchum does his best to make the nun's ordeal less painful, but is torn by his growing love for her. Kerr is equally fond of Mitchum, but refuses to renounce her vows. Their unrealized ardor mellows into mutual respect as they struggle ...
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Overview

A two-person character study directed by John Huston, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison stars Robert Mitchum as a World War II Marine sergeant and Deborah Kerr as a Roman Catholic nun. Both nun and sergeant are marooned on a South Pacific island, hemmed in by surrounding Japanese troops. Mitchum does his best to make the nun's ordeal less painful, but is torn by his growing love for her. Kerr is equally fond of Mitchum, but refuses to renounce her vows. Their unrealized ardor mellows into mutual respect as they struggle to survive before help arrives. Based on a novel by Charles K. Shaw, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison was coproduced by Eugene Frenke, who later filmed a low-budget variation on the story, The Nun and the Sergeant 62, which starred Frenke's wife Anna Sten.
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Editorial Reviews

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The mismatched relationship is a standard Hollywood contrivance, and it's used to good effect in John Huston's Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. In this particular pairing, the steely hero is a marine (Robert Mitchum) and the obstinate woman is a nun (Deborah Kerr). In a situation reminiscent of Huston's The African Queen, Mitchum and Kerr are stuck together on an island in the South Pacific during World War II, trying to survive and do their part against the enemy. With their mature performances, Kerr and Mitchum dignify what could have been a manufactured romantic adventure. Kerr was nominated for her fourth Academy Award for her portrayal of the woman divided between her love for God and her attraction for the marine. She and Mitchum would appear together in three other movies, The Sundowners, The Grass Is Greener, and the made-for-cable Reunion at Fairborough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1997
  • UPC: 086162183836
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Sister Angela
Robert Mitchum Mr. Allison
Technical Credits
John Huston Director, Screenwriter
Buddy Adler Producer
Leigh Aman Production Manager
Georges Auric Score Composer
Basil Fenton-Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Eugene Frenke Producer
George Frost Makeup
Stephen B. Grimes Art Director
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Ibbetson Camera Operator
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Russell Lloyd Editor
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Lambert Williamson Musical Direction/Supervision
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great find on B&N Movies and One of the Great Classics

    This is one of my favorite movies and the fact that I could find it again was fantastic. The story is wonderful and has the refernces of a higher power that can inspire those that don't understand it. The acting sometimes can be corny and and the entire story has some writing flaws, but the lead actor/actoress/ are great and lead a story that is not sexy or preverted but good entertainment. Yes it does take place during WWII and has very limited violience depicted but the story is more about the people than the war and not more than a PG rating.

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