Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison


(out of 5)

A Marine Corporal () is stranded on a South Pacific island with a kindly nun () 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.

USA, 1957

Directed by John Huston

Screenplay by , John Huston, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cast Tags:   , , , , ,

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress (Deborah Kerr as “Sister Angela”)
Best Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) (John Lee Mahin, John Huston)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Deborah Kerr)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actress (Deborah Kerr)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Drama

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (John Huston)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Film From Any Source
Best Foreign Actor (Robert Mitchum)



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