Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
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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 as they struggle to survive before help arrives. Based on a novel by Charles K. Shaw, Heaven… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Superb performances by Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum help make this lightweight survival pic a small gem."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Enjoyable, but not very deep, Huston opus."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Solider and nun on Pacific isle during WWII. More dutiful than fun."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"As with Huston's The African Queen, there is conflict mixed with romantic tension… Here, though, the complicating factor is not fastidiousness, but vocation."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
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