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Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (Bilingual)

4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Writers: John Huston, Charles Shaw, John Lee Mahin
  • Producers: Buddy Adler, Eugene Frenke
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 20 2003
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00008DDGW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,691 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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.

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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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By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER on Sept. 25 2013
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Starring Deorah Kerr and Robert Mitchum, I found this old movie to be quite entertaining. An American marine and a Irish nun find themselves stranded together on a south Pacific Island in WWII. There's plenty of intense drama as these two unlikely partners are in hiding from the Japanese, who decide to make their island a military base. The acting is first rate and the story line is fascinating. As survivors of a highly dangerous situation, what decisions will be made regarding the emotional relationship between the two of them? I consider this movie well worth watching. Even though it's clean and very well done, I wouldn't recommend this movie for children to watch.
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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. It is refreshingly free of offensive language and the gratuitous sex scenes that I somehow suspect would be an essential part of any current "remake", while alluding to the sexual tension between the two stars in an entirely credible and acceptable way. Neither is it a silly 1960's take on values or mores, but rather a realistic if a tiny bit far fetched story of a marine and a nun on a deserted island in the South Pacific during WW II. Entertaining. A keeper.
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A simple story during very difficult times. A sailor ends up on a deserted island with a nun, and they try to avoid the Japanese who show up from time to time.

The acting is terrific, and the story lines very tense.

A joy to watch.

Highly recommended.
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Great acting by Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr. An interesting and truly unusual plot. It's a romantic World War II story about two people trapped on an island in the South Pacific that is invaded by the Japanese.
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This is a film that many young viewers from advanced economies would be puzzled by. The concept of denying one's sexually for a spiritual union with God that is dedicated to serving His church and His church alone. The loss of religious faith in our society may make this film appear quaint or anachronistic to many modern viewers, in which many would interpret the nun's chastity or willingness to lead a life of celibacy as being more reflective of sexual repression rather than any spiritual enlightenment. However, we should not underestimate the power of religious faith in some individuals and their consequent desire to uniquely serve God, and for these people truly motivated by faith and not any social or psychological coercion; their decision is not viewed as any major sacrifice but as a joy. We also must remember that at the time this film was taking place, WWII, and when it was made in the mid-fifties nun's had a much more prominent role and influence in society than they do today, so choosing to be a nun would not have been such an unusual circumstance.

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.
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By A Customer on Aug. 16 2003
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"The African Queen," director John Huston's other foray into very similar territory (rough man & religious woman forge friendship to survive against nature and enemy in wartime), is justly celebrated as a classic and an acting tour de force for leads Bogart and Hepburn. I only wish "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison" got as much attention as TAQ since I think it is an equally splendid movie. Mitchum and Kerr are perfectly cast and give outstanding performances in their roles as as a battle-hardened Marine and a dedicated nun. The acting fireworks in "African Queen" are great, but I actually think I prefer the exquisite subtlety of Mitchum & Kerr's approach here, where the conflict between the characters is not as volatile as in TAQ and therefore calls for even greater amounts of calibration and control in body language, facial expressions and tone of voice from the actors. Follow Mitchum's many successive emotions during the proposal scene -- desire, hesitation, courageous candor, disappointment, humiliation, and finally face-saving stoicism -- and you witness a flawless and masterfully intelligent piece of acting, with Kerr just as perfect in her responses and counterpoint (including Sister Angela's reaction to knowing she has just crushed this man who, for perhaps the first and only time in his life, has completely revealed his heart to anyone).
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.
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