Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
A Marine Corporal (Robert Mitchum) is stranded on a South Pacific island with a kindly nun (Deborah Kerr) who was herself left to fend for herself on the island after her superior died of a fatal disease. The two are completely at odds with each other until a Japanese squadron sets up camp near their location and they must hide from them in order to survive. The relationship that develops between these two complete opposites in the dire circumstances they find themselves in is brilliantly understated by John Huston’s direction (among the best works of his career), the intelligent screenplay and the pristine performances. Mitchum was never more admirably gruff or anti-heroic, and Kerr’s work puts forth an achingly vulnerable portrait of a complex and interesting woman.
Directed by John Huston
Cinematography by Oswald Morris
Music by Georges Auric
Production Design by Stephen B. Grimes
Costume Design by Elizabeth Haffenden
Film Editing by Russell Lloyd
Golden Globe Awards 1957