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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Deborah Kerr  Actor Robert Mitchum  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Not For Children,Substance Abuse

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

UPC: 024543072096

Studio: 20th Century Fox

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Not For Children, Substance Abuse]

Summary: A two-person character study directed by John Huston, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison stars Robert Mitchum as a World War II Marine sergeant and Deborah Kerr as a Roman Catholic nun. Both nun and sergeant are marooned on a South Pacific island, hemmed in by surrounding Japanese troops. Mitchum does his best to make the nun's ordeal less painful, but is torn by his growing love for her. Kerr is equally fond of Mitchum, but refuses to renounce her vows. Their unrealized ardor mellows into mutual respect as they struggle to survive before help arrives. Based on a novel by Charles K. Shaw, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison was coproduced by Eugene Frenke, who later filmed a low-budget variation on the story, The Nun and the Sergeant (62), which starred Frenke's wife Anna Sten. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Comedy Drama

Awards: Best Film - Any Source – British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director – Directors Guild of America Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – null Best Actress – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress – New York Film Critics Circle Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – Hollywood Foreign Press Association

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Format: DVD

Release Date: 05/20/2003

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope

Audio: DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo, DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 106 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English,French,Spanish

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Washed Up
2. Sister Act
3. A Turtle Hunt
4. Hatching a Plan
5. Cave Dwellers
6. Invasive Behavior
7. Hunting and Gathering
8. The Rat's Nest
9. A Gift for Sister Angela
10. Coming Clean
11. All Kinds of Temptation
12. Fenced In
13. Free from the Habit
14. The Theater of War
15. Divine Intervention

Brendon Hanley

The mismatched relationship is a standard Hollywood contrivance, and it's used to good effect in John Huston's Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison. In this particular pairing, the steely hero is a marine (Robert Mitchum) and the obstinate woman is a nun (Deborah Kerr). In a situation reminiscent of Huston's The African Queen, Mitchum and Kerr are stuck together on an island in the South Pacific during World War II, trying to survive and do their part against the enemy. With their mature performances, Kerr and Mitchum dignify what could have been a manufactured romantic adventure. Kerr was nominated for her fourth Academy Award for her portrayal of the woman divided between her love for God and her attraction for the marine. She and Mitchum would appear together in three other movies, The Sundowners, The Grass Is Greener, and the made-for-cable Reunion at Fairborough. ~ Brendon Hanley, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Buddy Adler  Producer 
Georges Auric  Composer (Music Score) 
Eugene Frenke  Producer 
John Huston  Director 
John Huston  Screenwriter 
John Lee Mahin  Screenwriter 
Deborah Kerr  Actor 
Robert Mitchum  Actor 

Country: USA