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Heaven Knows Mr. Allison


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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: John Huston, Charles Shaw, John Lee Mahin
  • Producers: Buddy Adler, Eugene Frenke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008DDGW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison" on IMDb

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While hiding from a Japanese military offensive on a desolate Pacific Island, a marine sergeant (Mitchum) and his only fellow survivor, an Irish Roman Catholic novitiate on a humanitarian mission (Kerr), search for food, engage in philosophical sparring,

Customer Reviews

Wonderful movie, great story, great acting.
Lovely Momma
Being catholic I was hoping for a better ending, knowing that there could only be the one presented. this is a very good movie.
gerard j devita
I love them both in this movie and it's one I could watch over and over again.
Mrs. UGA

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By forrie on June 13, 2003
Format: DVD
20th Century Fox has done an OUTSTANDING job remastering & digital transferring to DVD many of their World War II movies under the heading of FOX WAR CLASSICS!
"Heaven Knows Mr. Allison" is the best of this series thus far. This 1957 film is presented beautifully in Delux Color & Anamorphic WideScreen (automatically adjusts to your tv size including 16:9 HDTV) format.
Summary: John Huston directs this outstanding story about two of the dearest, most delightful & wonderful people who must survive together in the Southern Pacific during World War II. Sister Angelia (Deborah Kerr - absolutely fantastic (Oscar Nominated for Best Actress)) as a missionary nun and U.S. Marine Corporal Allison (Robert Mitchum - perfectly casted truly) who are stranded on an island in Japanese occupied territory. Their 2 faiths (hers in God & his in the Corps)bring them together and provide each other the strength to overcome over whelming odds.
"Heaven Knows Mr. Allison" is a great family picture. Is so delightful & entertaining (the story line is a pleasant surprise). Kerr & Mitchum are magical together. Don't miss this one. I guarantee you will be watching this one more than once. This is a great movie to buy!!
Get out the popcorn & see a Great WideScreen DVD movie today. Find out why "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison"? Enjoy.
Special Features include: 1957 Movietone News (including Heaven Knows Mr.Allison clip), Theatrical Trailer & Fox War Classic Trailers.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Fisher on June 25, 2006
Format: DVD
Very few war films have a script with just two characters and all the lines in the movie are spoken by those two characters only. One wouldn't think this would be a war film, but it is. This classic WWII war film focuses on the pinacole of opposite human beings, thrust together and forced to survive on each other's individual strengths. Mr. Allison (R. Mitchum) is the marine who beaches on an island after being cast a drift in the Pacific Ocean for several days. There he searches the island and finds only one living person: a nun. Sister Angela (D. Kerr) is a dedicated nun who accompanied a priest to the island but got marooned there instead, and the priest dying a day or so later. Mr. Allison and Sister Angela work as a team on the island in order to sustain themselves. They do everything together: they gather island fruit, fish for turtles, build a sail, and have deep conversations about each other's contrary occupations and past.

The character of Mr. Allison is brilliantly developed and is easily likeable among viewers. He is portrayed as a big dumb guy, with a soft heart and top marine skills. He's clumsy with words and he's very open about his feelings, which at times puts Sister Angela in uncomfortable positions. Equally developed is Sister Angela, who is greatly sympathized by the many stresses she is forced to endure. She rarely speaks unless spoken to by Mr. Allison, as she is obviously uncomfortable around him half the time. But as the picture progresses, she becomes more and more accustomed with having him around and a mutual fondness for each other develops.

The film is highly original and thorougly entertaining. Although it's a movie about a man and woman, it is not a romance.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jayne MacManus on November 14, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Robert Mitchum is absolutely winning as the Marine who washes ashore on an island in the Pacific during World War II. Wary of stumbling into enemy troops, he is, instead, surprised to find a nun (Deborah Kerr) stranded and completely alone on the island. The film focuses on their bonding, survival on the island, and the threat of Japanese capture.
*** Mitchum and Kerr have undeniable chemistry. Modern audiences may find it quaint, but I've always been disarmed by the profound courtesy they show one another. It's difficult not to smile with pleasure at even their simplest exchanges ("Are you all right, ma'am?" "Yes, Mr. Allison."). There's a wonderful lilt to Kerr's voice and an integrity that makes someone as religiously devoted as Sister Angela believable.
*** This is one of the best movies no one talks about. I've seen it countless times now, and it's joined the immortal ranks of "Casablanca" as a sure thing -- always as good as the first time you saw it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2003
Format: DVD
"The African Queen," director John Huston's other foray into very similar territory (rough man & religious woman forge friendship to survive against nature and enemy in wartime), is justly celebrated as a classic and an acting tour de force for leads Bogart and Hepburn. I only wish "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison" got as much attention as TAQ since I think it is an equally splendid movie. Mitchum and Kerr are perfectly cast and give outstanding performances in their roles as as a battle-hardened Marine and a dedicated nun. The acting fireworks in "African Queen" are great, but I actually think I prefer the exquisite subtlety of Mitchum & Kerr's approach here, where the conflict between the characters is not as volatile as in TAQ and therefore calls for even greater amounts of calibration and control in body language, facial expressions and tone of voice from the actors. Follow Mitchum's many successive emotions during the proposal scene -- desire, hesitation, courageous candor, disappointment, humiliation, and finally face-saving stoicism -- and you witness a flawless and masterfully intelligent piece of acting, with Kerr just as perfect in her responses and counterpoint (including Sister Angela's reaction to knowing she has just crushed this man who, for perhaps the first and only time in his life, has completely revealed his heart to anyone).
This is a wonderful character study of two people who are simultaneously polar opposites (warrior vs. woman of peace; street-tough vs. refined) and yet twin souls (courageous, loyal, unselfish, and duty-bound, one to the Marines and the other to Christ). Their attraction to one another is just as natural as their parting in the end (each following their duty) is inevitable, albeit bittersweet.
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