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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Released Nov 7, 1957 1h 47m Drama Action Adventure War List
83% Tomatometer 12 Reviews 83% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
A Roman Catholic nun and a hard-bitten US Marine are stranded together on a Japanese-occupied island in the South Pacific during World War II. Under constant threat of discovery by a ruthless enemy, they hide in a cave and forage for food together. Their forced companionship and the struggle for survival forge a powerful emotional bond between them. Read More Read Less
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Steven D. Greydanus Decent Films As with Huston's The African Queen, there is conflict mixed with romantic tension… Here, though, the complicating factor is not fastidiousness, but vocation. Rated: A- Mar 2, 2004 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy This box office hit is so much the minimalist two-character piece that it’s a wonder no enterprising Broadway producer has ever tried to turn it into a stage hit. Rated: 3/4 Mar 19, 2024 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film Kerr makes diffidence exciting as her character brushes up against some troubling emotions. She is held back by a story that doesn’t let her do much but in many ways, this film serves as a testament to her abilities... Feb 10, 2023 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia I find very enjoyable its mixture of war, survival and impossible romance. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 May 22, 2021 Full Review Jordan M. Smith IONCINEMA.com John Huston's Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison falls short of the strikingly similar odd couple entertainment that came just before it in The African Queen Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 4, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Superb performances by Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum help make this lightweight survival pic a small gem. Rated: B+ Nov 13, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Franky L This is an interesting WWII movie, featuring a US Marine and Irish Nun who find themselves alone, together, after being separated from their units-church. Only two actors carry this movie, and Robert Mitchum is superb and believable as a kind hearted yet tough Marine. Definitely a must watch for classic movie watchers. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/24 Full Review Frances H Wonderful performances by Kerr and Mitchem add to a very interesting story and great direction by ;defend John Huston. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/24 Full Review Pat M Charming, straightforward, honest performances from two people who genuinely liked and respected each other. Possibly true story told simply but unexpectedly holds your attention and affection from the start Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/24 Full Review Mike F Very well done WWII drama with some humor and romance all while stranded on an island being bombarded all around. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/13/23 Full Review Russ G I don't think Miss Kerr ever turned in a bad performance and she didn't disappoint here, either. Mitchum is surprisingly good as the hard-boiled Marine. I just checked his biography and it's actually shocking that he never won an Oscar; this role among several others deserved it. Spoiler Alert: there's a "taboo" romance subplot that might have been a shocker to Catholic audiences of the time; though it isn't consumated we could easily forgive the two protagonists if it had been. I saw this on TV some time in the 1960's; it seems to be a forgotten film that seldom or never surfaces even on TCM, etc. That's a pity. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/30/22 Full Review steve d Not much here but the acting is strong. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Roman Catholic nun and a hard-bitten US Marine are stranded together on a Japanese-occupied island in the South Pacific during World War II. Under constant threat of discovery by a ruthless enemy, they hide in a cave and forage for food together. Their forced companionship and the struggle for survival forge a powerful emotional bond between them.
Director
John Huston
Producer
Buddy Adler, Eugene Frenke
Screenwriter
John Huston, John Lee Mahin
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Genre
Drama, Action, Adventure, War
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 7, 1957, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2011
Runtime
1h 47m
Sound Mix
Stereo
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