Cary Scott is a widow with two grown children. She's been leading a quiet life since her husband died, socializing with a small circle of friends. Her children no longer live with her full-time but come home every weekend. She's not unhappy but also doesn't realize how bored she is. Her friend Sara Warren encourages her to get a television set to keep her company but she doesn't want that either. She develops a friendship with Ron Kirby who owns his own nursery and comes every spring and fall to trim her trees. Ron is much younger than Cary and their friendship soon turns to love. Her circle of friends are surprised that she is seeing such a younger man and she might be prepared to overlook that - Ron certainly doesn't care about the differences in their ages - but when her son and daughter vehemently object, she decides to sacrifice her own feelings for their happiness. Over time however, she realizes that her children will be spending less and less time with her as they pursue their...Written by
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We first see Cary drive a 1955 2 door Lincoln but several scenes later she is driving a 4 door Lincoln. It is possible that Cary, a recent widow, still had both the car she normally drove and her late husbands. This would account for the two different cars. See more »
Remember you have Ned and Kay to think about. At their age, what people say matter terribly. Have you stopped to think what all these rumors will do to them?
You're asking me to give up Ron because of something in people that's mean and contemptible.
I didn't say that.
Do you really think it would be good for Ned and Kay if I were to let myself be beaten by such hatefulness.
Well, I'm not going to do it. Let them say what they want to. And that goes for you too, Sara.
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Jane Wyman And Rock Hudson In Romance With A Message
Call it a melodrama. At times, the music swells to remind us that so much is on the line. Call it a soap opera. The script hardly misses a chance to string along the emotions of the viewer. But "All That Heaven Allows" is more than that, if only for its message--a simple one, but one that is extremely important: to thine own self be true.
This story of romance would be worthwhile watching only for this lesson, but it offers more. The sets are beautiful. The direction is solid. Jane Wyman, who stars as Cary Scott, is convincing as the confused woman who loves a younger man but lacks the strength to follow her feelings. Rock Hudson plays the object of her affections--a man of principles who won't compromise his values. Gloria Talbott, who plays Cary's daughter, has a screen presence that, perhaps, could have been utilized more. Likewise, Agnes Moorehead as Cary's friend, Sara Warren.
This is not a great film, but it represents its era very well, in terms of quality and theme.
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