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All That Heaven Allows

USA, English, 89 mins

  • Director: Douglas Sirk
  • Writer: Peg Fenwick; Edna L. Lee
  • Producer: Ross Hunter

CGiii Comment

Cinematographically speaking (is that a word?), it's a feast for the eyes...

The only reason this has been included is because of...you've guessed it...Rock.

Did he wrestle with his conscience when making this be-true-to-yourself codswallop...or, did he skip all the way to the bank, paycheck in hand. The latter.

The writing is an abomination to the art of script-writing...the acting, as wooden as the trees that Rock nurtures.

As a glimpse into mid-America...Hollywood - certainly - had no idea.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Cary Scott is a widow with two grown children. She's been leading a quiet life since her husband died, socializing with a small circle of friends. Her children no longer live with her full-time but come home every weekend. She's not unhappy but also doesn't realize how bored she is. Her friend Sara Warren encourages he to get a television set to keep her company but she doesn't want that either.

She develops a friendship with Ron Kirby who owns his own nursery and comes every spring and fall to trim her trees. Ron is much younger than she and their friendship soon turns to love. Her circle of friends are surprised that she is seeing such a younger man and she might be prepared to overlook that - Ron certainly doesn't care about the differences in their ages - but when her son and daughter vehemently object, she decides to sacrifice her own feelings for their happiness.

Cast & Characters

Jane Wyman as Cary Scott;
Rock Hudson as Ron Kirby;
Agnes Moorehead as Sara Warren;
Conrad Nagel as Harvey;
Virginia Grey as Alida Anderson;
Gloria Talbott as Kay Scott;
William Reynolds as Ned Scott;
Charles Drake as Mick Anderson;
Hayden Rorke as Dr. Dan Hennessy;
Jacqueline deWit as Mona Plash

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