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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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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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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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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

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

Goofs

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 »

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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Referenced in Casino Royale (1967) 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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