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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 13 March 1957 (USA)
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A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war.

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In 1944, the castaway Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person on the island, having been left behind when seeking out a priest. The nun and the marine are stranded, but the island offers a bountiful supply of food. However, their paradisiacal life ends when the Japanese arrive to build a base, forcing "Mr." Allison and the nun to hide in a cave. The marine's expertise in such conditions proves to be vital to their survival, and the two grow ever closer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; jonathanroberts

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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In 1954 William Wyler was slated to direct and Kirk Douglas was attached to star. A few months later, Wyler and Douglas were out while 20th Century Fox was developing the film for Clark Gable, to be directed by Anthony Mann. See more »

Goofs

While running to catch the sea turtle, the footbridge across the lagoon is complete. When the Japanese first invade the island half of the footbridge is missing. Later the bridge is complete again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1944 SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 3 March 1957 (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)
music by Sam H. Stept, lyrics by Lew Brown & Charles Tobias
performed by Robert Mitchum
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Only Robert Mitchum could do this movie.
20 August 2002 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

First off, Bob Mitchum is the most under-rated actor of all time. He put everything he had into every role and made it look natural. This movie was no exception. He became "Mr. Allison" and made us believe he had been ship wrecked like this before. Having been a combat Marine myself there were so many details I noticed that he was able to incorporate naturally into his part. This allowed viewers of any knowledge level to enjoy the most authentic portrayal of this character. This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is a real treasure and a good indicator of Bob Mitchum's work.


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