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 ...
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
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This movie is an excellent example of very subtle but excellent acting. The characters are finely drawn and beuatifully shown by these two, Mitchum and Kerr; maybe even their finest work.
You'll recognize Huston's honest and probing direction. The viewer is drawn into the hardships of the situation in war, under fire, terrified, pulled in emotional directions never considered. This isn't a film you will forget, even though it's another era, a different war, deceased actors, director, and unlikely story. The attachment the two characters display one for the other is moving, startling even, driven by the closeness people feel when sharing a life-threatening experience, not knowing if there is a tomorrow.
Feb 19, 2009
This is a story about the bonding of a worldly man ( a soldier) with a spiritual woman ( a nun), and how through the adversities and challenges that they shared in, that bonding grew into pure love-something that all of us should learn about in these trying times