Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (Bilingual)
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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, avoid sexual tension, and struggle to survive.
If a war movie can be lovely, this is it. John Huston directed this touching World War II story about a Marine (Robert Mitchum) stranded with a nun (Deborah Kerr) on a Pacific island overrun by Japanese. After initial antagonism, the resulting kinship between the two characters is human and civil, even after Mitchum's grunt understandably falls in love with his unlikely companion. The action scenes, in which the pair works together to stay ahead of the enemy, are first-rate. The actors have never been better, and Huston's perennial theme about destiny's denial of our dreams is achingly clear in this essentially two-person drama. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The film, even though set during WWII in the Pacific theatre, is about the relationship between the nun, in an academy award nominated performance by Deborah Kerr, and the corporal, charismatically played by Robert Mitchum, who never looked more handsome or virile in a film. It is rather charming to see how their relationship develops, and how Mitchum's character with his checkered past falls in love with Kerr's nun, even though he never sees anything of her sexuality other than her face and personality. He learns to love for the very first time in his life, and becomes truly devoted to her, and in the process becomes a better and more complete man, a man with a greater spiritual dimension and a capacity to truly love.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"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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very well done and has a message if you watch and pay attention you will find outPublished 5 days ago by Robert Tilden
Hard to say anything about it. For some reason this DVD does not work on my machine.
I tried everything and even on my computer but can't make it work.
Great movie, Robert Mitchum is great and fun to watch. For the whole family. Good buy for collectors.Published 9 months ago by P.E.B.
This is a wonderful older WW II movie. The sympathetic, believable performances by Mitchum and Kerr make this a movie that belongs in the library of every military enthusiast. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Allan H. Adams
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