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Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum at their best
on 18 November 2004
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.