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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison [DVD] [1957]


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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 April 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JV73CQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,018 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marine Corporal Allison is ship-wrceked on a Pacific island during World War II. The only other person on the island is a nun, Sister Angela, who is also stranded after the vicar of the island died. The pure nun and the rough-and-ready soldier are totally at odds with each other, but they gradually fall in love.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Miguel M. Santos VINE VOICE on 18 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
The story of this John Huston film is deceptively simple: a nun (Deborah Kerr) and a marine (Robert Mitchum) find themselves alone in a Pacific island in 1944, but soon they are facing japanese soldiers. Although it has similarities with an earlier Huston, the better know "The African Queen" (and I'm sure anyone who has seen it will agree with me), it still manages to have a life of its own. It's more subtle, more restrained than "The African Queen" and is made of little things, and this was what did it for me. I really enjoyed the film, with Mitchum and Kerr in top shape, giving excellent performances (she got an Oscar nomination for this). The DVD is a barebone release of the film but it is quite cheap and the film is presented in a very good copy in its original cinemascope format.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Murphy on 13 Dec 2010
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It's not the African Queen but you can see the similarities and it is a fine film.

I really liked the charming and innocent relationship between Mitchell and Kerr.

No its not a fast paced film but it had me hooked and I feel the better for seeing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov 2012
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If John Huston went to deepest Africa to make a film as an excuse to shoot elephants, then he came out with a damn fine film in "The African Queen". He has done exactly the same thing with "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison", which was shot in exotic Trinidad and Tobago, where he was cleverly able to use blocked funds from the UK to provide British finance. Thankfully there were no elephants for Huston to shoot in the Caribbean! As other reviewers have already mentioned the film bears remarkable similarities to "The African Queen", and could almost be seen as a remake. Both films are two-person stories and involve relationships between religious women and a coarse, rugged male loner.

This film has Robert Mitchum as the US marine who finds himself washed up on a remote Pacific island beach where the only inhabitant left is a young attractive Irish nun played by Deborah Kerr who was deservedly oscar nominated for her role. The two form a deepening friendship as they struggle to find food and then hide from the invading Japanese. The script by John Huston and John Lee Mahin intelligently manages to avoid the cliche of the nun and the marine. Huston was no fool, and it is why his films still tend to look fresh today! Robert Mitchum was perhaps more deserving of an oscar nomination than Kerr. Huston thought he was up there with Olivier, Burton and Brando in his autobigraphy "An Open Book", which although stretching it a bit, he does have a point. Mitchum is at his totally believable best in the role.

The film compares the commitments of both characters. Mitchum to the Marine Corps and Kerr to her religious order. There is certainly more insight into why a man should join the Marines than why a woman should become a nun.
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By Robert Rae Hughes on 2 Feb 2014
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I found this movie to be very good the story line was awesome and the way it was done was just brilliant totally awesome.
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By Honey4 on 19 Dec 2014
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Starring two of Hollywood's all time greats, Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr. Ms Kerr especially gives a flawless performance as the Roman Catholic nun who has dedicated her life to Christ.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. T. Bijkerk on 28 Aug 2011
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The two stars: Robert Mitchum and Deborah Carr make this movie into a real classic. It is about two people, a nun and a marine together marooned on an island in the Pacific, with the Japanese sometimes around them.
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By joyce on 17 Dec 2014
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Brilliant....
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vista Marina on 5 Nov 2013
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I was instrumental by processing the order at the request of my wife.

On receipt of the DVD both of us perused the presentation. I am not a Robert Mitchum fan but needless to say my wife is.

The result, I thought it was mediocre, but as you would expect my wife, thoroughly enjoyed it.

This summarises the respective opinions!
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