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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, 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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'King and I' star Deborah Kerr dies
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Actress Deborah Kerr Dies at 86
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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 
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)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Haffenden .... costumes
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)
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 (PCA #18380) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)
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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 »
Plot holes: While in the cave during the Navy shelling, Allison says the four Japanese 105's are "hid real good". In fact, as is clear when Allison takes action against the "big rifles," they are quite exposed, without overhead protection, and would be highly vulnerable to the shelling, although hard to see from aircraft due to the camouflage netting (which had been blown away at one site). The Navy would have concentrated its preparatory fire on the landing beach, where the 105's were, although there would have been no assurance all could have been knocked out.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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28 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
underrated Huston classic, 6 February 2005
Author: tolbs1010 from Los Angeles

This film shows the depth of feeling that John Huston was capable of as a director. It also shows how wonderfully he handled actors, eliciting great performances from both Mitchum and Kerr. Though it doesn't have the humor of The African Queen, it shows a similar since of dignity to the characters. It also shows respect for the audience in that it doesn't feel the need to resort to romantic over-indulgences or tear-jerking death scenes to win us over. Both characters remain intact physically and spiritually at the end. Also worth mentioning is Oswald Morris's beautiful location photography on the island of Tobago. Fox did a wonderful job on the DVD transfer.

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