Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

DVD - 2003
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A World War II Marine sergeant and a Roman Catholic nun are both marooned together on a South Pacific island, hemmed in by surrounding Japanese troops. The sergeant does his best to make the nun's ordeal less painful, but is torn by his growing love for her. The nun is equally fond of the sergeant, but refuses to renounce her vows. Their unrealized ardor mellows into mutual respect as they struggle to survive before help arrives


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Nov 29, 2016

A movie from the past that may be over looked by present audiences! That would be a shame because it is one of Robert Mitchum's best films. He is on camera almost the entire film and boy is it worth watching him perform. He never goes over the top but plays his part just as you would expect a committed Marine to handle a desperate situation. Please don't let any review or description of the movie put you off! This is a movie classic of the highest order!

Mar 31, 2015

this movie was produced in the Fifties when American marines were still celebrated, however loutish, primitive, a part Mitchum delivers with as much effort - Deborah Kerr is the only reason to see this movie, her Irish nun, complete with accent, is worthy of the Oscar nomination she received for it - Mitchum, naturally, wins her admiration, though not her chastity, thankfully, he also wins the war in the Pacific, single-handedly and without casualties, cause God, of course, intervenes, to bolster American militancy, also to cater to American audiences

Mar 16, 2015

Heck of a cast, okay plot, fairly amusing all in all.

Dec 09, 2014

I saw this film when I was 11. I liked it then and I like it now. It was interesting to see it through the eyes of an adult. The lead characters are great actors and brought that moment in time alive even now. The final scene still gives me goose bumps.

Red_Sox May 19, 2013

Pretty much a two character movie with a man/woman Marine/Nun relationship. Love that part will Allison sneaking into the Japanese camp stealing provisions.

Jan 10, 2013

The first half an hour bored me to death with no fascinating actions at all; so much so that I had to quit.
This is a 1957 CinemaScope film which tells the story of two people stranded on an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.
The movie was adapted by John Huston and John Lee Mahin from the novel by Charles Shaw and directed by Huston.
They say, "If a script is good, even bad actors could make a so-so movie, but when a script is bad, even good actors could not make a good movie."
Unfortunately, the latter is the case, I suppose.

Jul 20, 2012

Perfectly paired. Mitchum as the rough, gruff Marine. His normal self. Kerr as the prim and adorable nun. Evidently director/co-writer John Huston was unhappy with the finished product because of difficulty with the Hays (morality) Code. Personally, I would've preferred a different ending.


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Jul 20, 2012

Cpl. Allison, USMC (drunk and dejected): "What'd ya wanna be a nun for? ...That's my luck. That's ol' Allison's luck. If ya gotta be a nun, why ain't ya old and ugly? (Sister Angela awkwardly mumbles about a board game) Why do ya gotta have big blue eyes... and a beautiful smile... and freckles?"


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