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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 April 1956 (Italy)
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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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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Drama | Romance

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The façade later cannibalized to make up the front of the Bates home in "Psycho" is visible a few houses up Cary's block. See more »

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We first see Carie drive a 1955 2 door Lincoln. Several scenes later she is driving a 4 door Lincoln. I guess she could have traded it in within that short of time. See more »

Quotes

Ned Scott: [after Cary tells her son Ned of her engagement to Ron Kirby] The only Kirby I know is the old gardener, and the last I heard, he was dead!
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Featured in In Bad Taste (2000) See more »

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Symphony No.1 inC minor, Op.68: 4th movement (the Alpenhorn melody)
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Music by Johannes Brahms
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Reflections and refractions
5 June 2005 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

Wonderful example of Sirk's famous use of reflections and transparencies. Watch for this accomplished, smooth stylist's wonderful gliding camera's use of windows, mirrors, etc., including the famous reflection of Jane Wyman's lonely, alienated face in the television set that her short-sighted children have given her for Christmas, as her only proper companion (and imprisoner), contrasted with the large picture window at Rock Hudson's cabin, bringing in the liberating light of a re-union with nature (and true love), an escape from and transcendence of the stifling conformity and conventionality of her upper-middle class suburb set.

All this in a sentimental glossy Ross Hunter production makes for beautiful irony.


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