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All That Heaven Allows [DVD] [1955]

Jane Wyman , Rock Hudson , Douglas Sirk    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead
  • Directors: Douglas Sirk
  • Writers: Peg Fenwick, Edna L. Lee
  • Producers: Ross Hunter
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016586MM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,764 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman were so successful in Douglas Sirk's Magnificent Obsession that they reteamed for this, his first melodrama masterpiece. Young hunk Rock is a strapping son of mother nature, a gardener who woos middle-aged, middle class widow Wyman to the snooty disapproval of her conservative social circle and embarrassment of her self-centered children. Wyman discovers a new life with his open-armed friends and back-to-nature lifestyle, but struggles with life-changing decisions in the face of social pressure and vicious gossip. Living the Henry Thoreau dream, Rock inhabits his personal Walden in a rustic country cabin by a bubbling brook, a dream house lit by a giant picture window overlooking an idyllic countryside where deer pose just outside the window. Wyman's elegant but sterile suburban home transforms into a tomb when she sacrifices her love for the "good name" of her children, and the lonely widow sees her future in the pale, colorless reflection of her TV screen. But don't despair just yet: Sirk's heroines are dynamic and resourceful and no Sirk melodrama ends without a heart-tugging, over-the-top twist. German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who championed Sirk as a master and a mentor, remade the film as Ali: Fear Eats the Soul decades later. --Sean Axmaker

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Classic romantic drama from director Douglas Sirk. Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) is a wealthy widow living in New England with her two grown-up children. When Cary meets Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson), a nurseryman and gardener, she becomes intrigued by the young man's free spirit and romantic life. The pair fall in love but Cary is afraid of the social consequences of their relationship and must make a choice between love and convention.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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This gorgeously melodramatic potboiler was made in the mid-50's just as Jane Wyman's star power was waning and Rock Hudson was becoming a superstar. But All That Heaven Allows is most memorable as a study of small town intolerance, and where it's portrayal of a world that is mostly picture perfect - at least for the inhabitants of Stonington, Connecticut where the movie is set - is nothing more than quaint.

These days All That Heaven Allows is most notable for forming the basis for the brilliant Julianne Moore film Far From Heaven, out a few years ago. Both have the same visual look - white churches, nice homes and beautiful trees - and both films attempt to skewer societal narrow-mindedness. Yet there are obvious differences: Far From Heaven dealt with racial and sexual politics, while this film - keeping mindful of the time it was made - mines the effects of class and economic status.

Carey Scott (Wyman) is a middle-aged widow, living a quietly domestic life in Stonington. She has a lovely home and two devoted children, she's also a pillar of society and cares a lot about her standing in the community. Yet Carey is also a fragile and lonely woman, and there's a part of her that aches for some kind of emotional connection.

She has a number of wealthy men, who routinely court her, but it is Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson) who she is ultimately drawn to, he's a tall, muscular and handsome young man who customarily prunes her trees. Ron is not a dolt; he's a college educated, intuitive and sensitive, but over the years, has learnt to spurn the trappings of society. Uncomplicated and trouble-free, he lacks the phony polish and sophistication of Carey's city friends.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and Excruciating truth 16 July 2008
This is a dramatic masterpiece on the double standards and hypocrisy of modern day traditions and superfluous hypocritical values ,as the script depicts the tragic tale of a widow with teenage kids being forced to deny true love out of social constraints, but she is masterfully brought to realise that her sacrifice is in vain,as it does not matter to anyone except herself leading a forlorn and miserable existence when she can lead a happy life if she listens to her heart ,the movie is about being true to yourself and states very accurately that by being true alone can you bring happiness to all around you as well as find contentment within yourself .

Rock Hudson is really a rebellious revelation as the non-pretentious "younger man" who believes in simplicity in life as being the eternal truth and the bourgeois values as being bogus and superficial and totally unnecessary,Jane Wyman is left to ponder and find the truth in her own way by the sophisticated script and that realisation forms the crux of this social and sensitive drama as the feminist streak finds her own strengths to overcome her social inhibitions .

Douglas Sirk combines style and bitter truth in a manner unique to himself ,he is an absolutely amazing film-maker who fascinates with his observation of social trivia and petty human behaviour ,this movie is an indepth satire on the redundant social gossip and silly norms which are revealed as truly monstrous in a beautifully simple emotional exercise, where two people who can be unconventionally happy are being denied that right by social hypocrisy,and finally the movie triumphs in showing that social disapprove is of no consequence to the human existence as long as it does not affect anyone adversely .

The line "you will allow yourself an affair but deny love"is absolutely amazing and so sums up the social hypocrisy portrayed in this masterpiece in stylish simplicity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that Heaven Allows DVD 4 Sep 2013
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Bought for a parent who likes these oldies. Very pleased with it, plays well, and bearing in mind a previous bad review from a person with a comment about chinese subtitles, the person must have switched them on because they do not come on automatically. Delivery was in the time for the free post, and I would deal with this company again. *****
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All That Heaven Allows 6 Dec 2011
I can only say BRILLIANT!!!You can't better the older movies, no bad language, no sex will purchase many more fims of this quality
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found it. 29 Nov 2012
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It took me ages to find this film title from the back of my memory. I love all the snowy scenes and old fashioned attitudes and stereotypes. Great nostalgia. Already watched it with friend who also enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old movies 10 July 2013
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Love tis movie, reminds me of rainy Saturday afternoons and watching old movies on BBC2... they don't make movies like this anymore.. love it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film 31 Mar 2013
By marie h
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Great film as my mum has seen it before i think it was imported so check if it will play wherever you are great delivery thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulfilled it's purpose nicely.. 22 Mar 2013
By C. Wood
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Bought as a gift for my Mum after she mentioned it in passing one day. She was very happy about the gift, and therefore so am I.. 5-stars...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good quality
Published 1 month ago by ncharles44
4.0 out of 5 stars All That Heaven Allows DVD
If you like good old-fashioned romantic films, this is great. Curl up on the sofa - and enjoy! That's it.
Published 3 months ago by curly
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
Published 4 months ago by Alma Abbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a great film.
Its a great film. With an important message. Particularly relevant today with peoples obsession with material things. Read more
Published 8 months ago by michael Langton
5.0 out of 5 stars On a par with Magnificent Obsession
If you love, love, love good stories with great cast lists then watch this & magnificent obsession. They are both superb.
Published 11 months ago by Miki
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I bought this film for my cousin and she loved it. It came quickly and was well packaged, I would recommend this buyer.
Published 12 months ago by CLD
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC FILM
Published 13 months ago by julie pickford
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
I have always liked this film and have always wanted it on DVD to watch at my own liesure and as often as I want
Published 15 months ago by thomas francis
1.0 out of 5 stars All that schmaltz allows
When a superannuated widow falls for a handsome young gardner, we have a plot that almost borders on necrophilia. Read more
Published 17 months ago by lycidas
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