Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Lee Mahin, John Huston
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003


as Cpl. Allison, USMC

as Sister Angela

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Critic Reviews for Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 19, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Superb performances by Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum help make this lightweight survival pic a small gem.

Full Review… | November 13, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Solider and nun on Pacific isle during WWII. More dutiful than fun.

October 10, 2005
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

One of the more interesting love stories ever, a Marine corporal and a Catholic nun are stranded together on a deserted island in the Pacific towards the end of WWll. With Bob Mitchum as the grunt and Deborah Kerr as the nun you got yer whole blamed chemistry set right there, so much chemistry that for moments in the film the whole war itself seems puny and insignificant.
John Huston's the writer/director here and he plays true to both of the lovers, never going for the easy answers or for the hearts and flowers, so respect grows, and it grows in glorious Cinescope.
Don't get me wrong, there's some war in here, too, but this is not a typical war film, no, not at all. It's about two lonely people who find each other while there happens to be a war going on.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

During World War II, a Marine corporal is shipwrecked on a Pacific Island, whose only other inhabitant is a Catholic nun. Essentially a two-character play set against a tropical background, this is a triumph for all concerned. Stars Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr give such convincing, understand performance that you almost feel as if you are an unwanted observer, especially as their two so-very-different character begin to fall in love. John Huston may have been one of the most erratic film directors, but, with the right cast and material, he could achieve greatness, as he does here.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

If you only know Robert Mitchum from his villainous roles (Cape Fear, Night of the Hunter, etc.) then this one is a must-see.

Randy Tippy

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