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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 13 March 1957 (USA)
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During World War II, an American marine and an Irish nun form an unlikely friendship after being stranded on a South Pacific island. They find comfort in one another as the two hope for a rescue.

Director:

John Huston

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), John Huston (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Sister Angela
Robert Mitchum ... Corporal Allison USMC
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Storyline

In 1944, the castaway Corporal Allison, adrift in a raft since his ship was attacked, lands on tiny Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person on the island, having been left behind while trying to evacuate 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 an outpost, forcing "Mr." Allison and the nun to take refuge 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.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Seemann und die Nonne See more »

Filming Locations:

Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Making the picture was a great pleasure for director Huston. He did not stay at the farewell party, after the shooting, because the emotional power would have been too strong for him. See more »

Goofs

As the barefoot Mr. Allison is walking through the first shack on the island, his shoes are tied together and hanging around his neck but the sound is of shod feet walking on the floor boards of the shack. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Climax!: Strange Sanctuary (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)
(uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Lew Brown & Charles Tobias
Performed by Robert Mitchum
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underrated Huston classic
6 February 2005 | by tolbs1010See all my reviews

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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