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All That Heaven Allows (1955)

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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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Sara Warren
Conrad Nagel ...
Harvey
Virginia Grey ...
Alida Anderson
Gloria Talbott ...
William Reynolds ...
Ned Scott
Charles Drake ...
Mick Anderson
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Dr. Dan Hennessy
Jacqueline deWit ...
Mona Plash (as Jacqueline de Wit)
Leigh Snowden ...
Jo-Ann Grisby
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Alex Gerry ...
George Warren
Nestor Paiva ...
Manuel
Forrest Lewis ...
Mr. Weeks
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Storyline

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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9 December 1955 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Tout ce que le ciel permet  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Eastmancolor and Technicolor)

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Trivia

Originally, Douglas Sirk wanted the film to end with Ron's downfall 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 »

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When the door to the butcher's shop is opened, the camera and some crew members are clearly visible in a reflection. See more »

Quotes

Mona Plash: You know what everyone said.
Cary Scott: No, but I'm sure you do.
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Edited into Quand la peur dévore l'âme (2007) See more »

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Joy to the World
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Lyrics by Isaac Watts
Music by Lowell Mason
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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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