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Release Date:
13 March 1957 (USA) See more »
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.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
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Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screenplay) and
John Huston (screenplay)

Charles Shaw (novel)

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
Eugene Frenke .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell Lloyd 
Art Direction by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
Costume Design by
Elizabeth Haffenden (costumes)
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup artist
Production Management
Leigh Aman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adrian Pryce-Jones .... assistant director
Sound Department
Malcolm Cooke .... sound editor
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special effects
Arnim Tardieu .... stunt double: Robert Mitchum (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Ibbetson .... camera operator
Derek V. Browne .... focus puller (uncredited)
Len Prout .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laura Nightingale .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Lambert Williamson .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18380) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Anna Sten reportedly has an uncredited bit-part. Producer Eugene Frenke was her husband.See more »
Continuity: When Allison approaches the island and crawls ashore, the camera shot from the raft shows him at the water's edge. However, when the camera angle changes to a view from the island, he suddenly is much further up the beach and away from the water.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Twelve O'Clock High (1949)See more »
Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)See more »


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What is the animal that crawls over Alllison when he is hiding from the two Japanese soldiers drinking saki?
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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
My favorite WW2, 3 September 2002
Author: Matthew from Portland Or, USA

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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