All That Heaven Allows (1955)
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as Cary Scott
as Ron Kirby
as Sara Warren
as Alida Anderson
as Kay Scott
as Ned Scott
as Mona Plash
as Mick Anderson
as Dr. Hennessy
as Howard Hoffer
as George Warren
as Mary Ann
as Dr. Hennessy
as Mr. Weeks
as Tom Allenby
as Bit part
as Mark Plash
as Mr. Gow
as Manuel's Daughter
Critic Reviews for All That Heaven Allows
Hudson is handsome and somewhat wooden. Laconic of speech, and imbued with an angel's patience and understanding, it's at times hard to understand his passion for the widow, what with pretty girls just spoilingfor his attention.
Solid and sensible drama plainly had to give way to outright emotional bulldozing and a paving of easy clichés.
Beneath the stunningly lovely visuals -- all expressionist colours, reflections, and frames-within-frames, used to produce a precise symbolism -- lies a kernel of terrifying despair
A masterpiece (1955) by one of the most inventive and recondite directors ever to work in Hollywood, Douglas Sirk.
Works as a straightforward melodrama, but is so meticulously crafted by a visual master that it provides endless material for those who wish to mine for deeper social commentary.
Audience Reviews for All That Heaven Allows
Despite the fact that the two characters seem to fall in love in such an abrupt way, this is still an involving silky melodrama whose appeal is not hard to understand, especially taking into account the impressive social criticism that made it so ahead of its time.
I don't quite know how to describe this. I watched it expecting nothing great and I still feel quite confused as to my feelings on it but I really enjoyed it. It was interesting and understandable (not always common in 'old' movies) and it touches on themes I can completely understand despite the age gap. I feel I may have liked it better at Christmas time, as the beautiful images of a snow covered cottage with a young deer outside was magical. I truly felt for Cary, as her whole world changed and ended up feeling satisfied at the end. A good romance.
Some people never realize how society, traditions and values imprisons and forces them to conform with banality. A candid and romantic look of a taboo relationship, done with such picturesque beauty that is hard not to be moved and enchanted by it.
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