Watch Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
- 1 hr 46 min
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is a 1957 war drama film that tells the story of a marine, Corporal Allison, who is stranded on an island in the Pacific during World War II. The film stars Robert Mitchum as Corporal Allison, and Deborah Kerr as Sister Angela, a catholic nun who is also stranded on the same island. The film starts with the marooned Allison wandering on the island, looking for food and shelter. He stumbles upon an abandoned hut where he is surprised to find Sister Angela. Sister Angela explains that she and a group of other nuns were on their way to Australia when their ship was torpedoed by the Japanese, leaving them stranded on the island. Allison and Sister Angela must now survive together in the midst of the war-torn island. Initially, their relationship is fraught with tension - Allison is a rough-edged marine, while Sister Angela is a woman of faith and quiet dignity. But over time, their relationship deepens, and they develop a mutual respect and admiration for each other. As the war progresses, the island becomes increasingly dangerous, with Japanese soldiers periodically patrolling the island. Allison and Sister Angela must work together to survive on a daily basis. They share food, water, and shelter, and their bond grows stronger with each passing day. Throughout the film, Allison and Sister Angela face various challenges, including an attack by a Japanese soldier and the threat of starvation. But they remain resolute in their determination to survive. The film is beautifully shot, with stunning location scenes in the lush Pacific island paradise. The chemistry between Kerr and Mitchum is palpable, and their performances are first-class. Kerr, in particular, is outstanding, as she imbues her character with a quiet strength and grace that belies her delicate appearance. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison is a remarkable film that presents an unsentimental portrayal of survival in the backdrop of war. It is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the power of faith and trust in one another. The film was nominated for two Academy awards, including a Best Actress nomination for Kerr. It remains a classic of its genre and a deeply moving film that will stay with viewers long after the credits roll.