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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison -- A Marine sergeant and a devout nun fall in love while marooned on a South Pacific island during WWII.
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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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'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 (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)
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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Originally when filming began on Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), her co-star Robert Mitchum worried that Deborah Kerr would be like the prim characters she frequently played. However, after she swore at director John Huston during one take, Mitchum, who was in the water, almost drowned laughing. The two stars went on to have an enduring friendship which lasted until Mitchum's death in 1997.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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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
On an island with you, 7 August 2004
Author: jotix100 from New York

Walter Huston loved to film on location; all his great movies reflect this predilection. It helps too, that Mr. Huston and John Lee Mahin produced a great screen play and the bonus was the casting of the two stars. Since it's a two character film, the director couldn't gamble with any light weight actors and it pays tremendously by the incredible performances Mr. Huston got from them.

The story of the nun who is left behind in a Pacific island and the arrival of the shipwrecked Capt. Allison, brings two people together from such different backgrounds, that under another direction wouldn't have played so well as it does in this movie. There aren't any false moments in the film.

It is a credit to Mr. Huston the pairing of Deborah Kerr with Robert Mitchum, who are amazing in their roles. There's an aura of sex between both of the actors without it being obvious, or on your face. It's the subtlety that makes this film work they way it does. Both Ms. Kerr and Mr. Mitchum would appear not to be ideal for these two characters, but they have the right chemistry to make us care for these two people stranded in the Pacific.

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