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

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Supposedly Robert Mitchum's favorite film role he played. See more »

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Opening sequence. When Corporal Allison first lifts his head to peer over the rim of the life raft, his hair is dry & tousled. When viewed from behind his hair is wet and flat. 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 »

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Featured in Robert Mitchum, le mauvais garçon d'Hollywood (2017) See more »

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Rappa Kimigayo
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Subtle, bittersweet story of the bond forged between a tough but tender-hearted Marine and a young nun stranded on a Pacific island during WWII.
15 August 1999 | by Rogue-18See all my reviews

Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr give beautiful performances in this touching study of a Marine and a young nun who find themselves stranded on a Pacific island during WWII. Their platonic relationship deepens when the Japanese return to occupy the island, and Cpl. Allison and Sister Angela take refuge in a cave, surviving by his wits, her prayers, and the saving grace of their mutual respect and affection. Mitchum gives one of the finest performances of his career as the proud Marine who finds himself falling in love with his companion, and Deborah Kerr is unaffectedly enchanting as Sister Angela. Quiet moments of compelling character study are interspersed with suspenseful action sequences set amid ruggedly beautiful scenery.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 March 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison See more »

Filming Locations:

Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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