At the end of a rainy Memorial Day weekend with cable channels showing every World War II movie ever made, Fox Movie Channel finally showed my favorite, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison. Made in 1957, this film stars Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr as a marine corporal and a nun stranded on a desert island.
This is one of those movies that must never be re-made. I can think of no two actors today who could capture the feelings and, okay, sexual tension, without going overboard. Because the great thing about this movie is that they did not “do it”. She did not break her vows, he did not see her naked and, overcome with passion, take her right there on the beach, oblivious to Japanese bombs dropping all around.
Because, for them, something was more important than sex. (There, I said it.) Something like, maybe, a promise to God.