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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 13 March 1957 (USA)
A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war.

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In 1944, the castaway Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person on the island, having been left behind when seeking out a priest. The nun and the marine are stranded, but the island offers a bountiful supply of food. However, their paradisiacal life ends when the Japanese arrive to build a base, forcing "Mr." Allison and the nun to hide in a cave. The marine's expertise in such conditions proves to be vital to their survival, and the two grow ever closer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; jonathanroberts

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They were alone on this Pacific Island... trapped behind enemy lines... the marine who had been thru Hell and Sister Angela with her supreme faith in God.

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Der Seemann und die Nonne  »

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In 1954 William Wyler was slated to direct and Kirk Douglas was attached to star. A few months later, Wyler and Douglas were out while 20th Century Fox was developing the film for Clark Gable, to be directed by Anthony Mann. See more »

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While running to catch the sea turtle, the footbridge across the lagoon is complete. When the Japanese first invade the island half of the footbridge is missing. Later the bridge is complete again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cpl. Allison, USMC: Let's just keep it quiet, ma'am. You speak English?
Sister Angela: Yes.
Cpl. Allison, USMC: Are there any Japs around?
Sister Angela: You're... You're an American.
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Opening credits prologue: 1944 SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC See more »

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Referenced in John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick (1988) See more »

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Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (with Anyone Else but Me)
music by Sam H. Stept, lyrics by Lew Brown & Charles Tobias
performed by Robert Mitchum
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A marine and a nun alone in a Pacific island
29 June 2003 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

This film is among the best of my collection, when I like to see a good film, this is always in the first line. Robert Mitchum acted here extremely well as a marine with a very poor, not to say vulgar, background in his life. He confessed he was born orphan, he never knew who were his parents, and after 14 years old he escaped from the orphanage and was put in jail several times. His life changed once he was recruited by the US Marine. The always brilliant Deborah Kerr is here a nun with a very character and humor, always able to understand the behavior of Mr. Allison (Mitchum). It is normal that when two persons of opposite sex are together some strange feelings may appear, the mariner obviously may some hints in his favor, but the nun politely said no. In conclusion, excellent film with an interesting plot and wonderful acting, a real good film forever.


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