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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

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A Marine and a Nun, both shipwrecked on a Pacific Island, find solace in one another as the two wait out the war.

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In 1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person in the island and was left behind by the runaway boat to Fiji Island while seeking the local priest. Stranded in the island, but with water, fish and fruits, their paradisiacal life ends when the Japanese arrive to build a base, forcing Allison and the nun to hide in a cave. The crude marine provides the necessary supply for their survival and falls in love for the nun. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They were alone on this Pacific Island... trapped behind enemy lines... the marine who had been thru Hell and Sister Angela with her supreme faith in God.

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Robert Mitchum had just returned from spending four months in Tobago filming Fire Down Below (1957) with 'Jack Lemmon' and Rita Hayworth when he learned that his agent had committed him to this movie, filming in Tobago. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese soldier returns to bottle of sake to the sack of rice, the bottle is almost empty, or about one quarter full. But when Sister Angela later finds the bottle in the rice sack, the bottle is almost full. See more »

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[first lines]
Cpl. Allison, USMC: Let's just keep it quiet, ma'am. You speak English?
Sister Angela: Yes.
Cpl. Allison, USMC: Are there any Japs around?
Sister Angela: You're... You're an American.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 3 March 1957 (1957) See more »

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My favorite WW2
3 September 2002 | by (Portland Or, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie stands out as my favorite WW2 film. It not only explores the nature of honor, but also male female relations and faith in such things. I give it my highest marks with the caveat that it is NOT an action film. This is primarily a drama.


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