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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 9 December 1955 (Denmark)
An upper-class widow falls in love with a much younger, down-to-earth nurseryman, much to the disapproval of her children and criticism of her country club peers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alida Anderson
Ned Scott
Mick Anderson
Dr. Dan Hennessy
Jacqueline deWit ...
Mona Plash (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Leigh Snowden ...
Jo-Ann Grisby
George Warren
Forrest Lewis ...
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Cary Scott is a widow with two grown children. She's been leading a quiet life since her husband died, socializing with a small circle of friends. Her children no longer live with her full-time but come home every weekend. She's not unhappy but also doesn't realize how bored she is. Her friend Sara Warren encourages he to get a television set to keep her company but she doesn't want that either. She develops a friendship with Ron Kirby who owns his own nursery and comes every spring and fall to trim her trees. Ron is much younger than she and their friendship soon turns to love. Her circle of friends are surprised that she is seeing such a younger man and she might be prepared to overlook that - Ron certainly doesn't care about the differences in their ages - but when her son and daughter vehemently object, she decides to sacrifice her own feelings for their happiness. Over time however, she realizes that her children will be spending less and less time with her as they pursue their ... Written by garykmcd

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How much does Heaven Allow a Woman in Love?


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Release Date:

9 December 1955 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Tout ce que le ciel permet  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(Eastmancolor and Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Originally, Douglas Sirk wanted the film to end with Ron's fall down the cliff after he recognizes Cary, leaving it open if Ron would survive or not. Producer Ross Hunter found that ending way too "depressing" and "disturbing" for the audience and therefore decided to go with a conventional happy end - which is the one we know today. See more »


When Alida tells Cary to get her coat, Cary gets her coat, but doesn't stop to get boots. But when she gets out of the car at Ron's mill house, she's wearing boots. See more »


[Howard passionately but forcefully kisses Cary, she pushes him away]
Howard Hoffer: I'm sorry Cary. I don't know what got into me. I know you're not like that. I apologize for what I said.
Cary Scott: That's all right, Howard.
Howard Hoffer: But I don't apologize for wanting you.
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Referenced in Fox and His Friends (1975) See more »


Symphony No.1 inC minor, Op.68: 4th movement (the Alpenhorn melody)
Music by Johannes Brahms
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11 May 2003 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

It's 1950s small town America and rich society widow Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) has fallen in love with her gardener Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson), but can the gossipy town handle it? This beautifully filmed classic, directed by Douglas Sirk, is so touching. And even though it's considered a melodrama (and at times a bit syrupy--just watch for Bambi!) there is a deeper meaning underneath all that Technicolor. Listen for the Thoreau quote that Cary reads when she and Ron visit his friends, Mick and Alida Anderson. That's the whole lesson of the film summed up right there.

Added note: There's a classic line that Wyman says to Hudson in the car when he says that she should not let others influence her decisions, like his friend Mick, who had to learn how to be a man. She responds with "You want me to be a man." Then he says, "Well, just in that one way." It's funny now in retrospect!

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