All That Heaven Allows [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1955]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Audio commentary featuring film scholars John Mercer and Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
  • Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
  • French television interview with director Douglas Sirk from 1982
  • Excerpts from Behind The Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
  • Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All that Heaven Allows
  • Trailer

Synopsis

All That Heaven Allows
One of director Douglas Sirk's best and most successful romantic soapers of the 1950s, All That Heaven Allows is predicated on a May-December romance. The difference here is that the woman, attractive widow Cary Scott (Jane Wyman), is considerably older than the man, handsome gardener-landscaper Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson). Sirk builds up sympathy for Cary by showing how empty her life has been since her husband's death, even suggesting that the marriage itself was no picnic. Throwing conventionial behavior to the winds and facing social ostracism, Cary pursues her romance with Ron, who is unjustly perceived as a fortune-hunter by Cary's friends and family--especially her priggish son Ned (William Reynolds). Amusingly, Conrad Nagel was to have had a much larger part as Harvey, an elderly widower who carries a torch for Cary, but his role was trimmed down during previews when audiences disapproved of an implicit romance between a sixtyish man and a fortysomething woman! All That Heaven Allows was remade by unabashed Douglas Sirk admirer Rainer Werner Fassbinder as Ali--Fear Eats the Soul (1974), in which the age gap between hero and heroine was even wider. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jane Wyman
    Jane Wyman - Cary Scott
  • Rock Hudson
    Rock Hudson - Ron Kirby
  • Agnes Moorehead
    Agnes Moorehead - Sara Warren
  • Conrad Nagel
    Conrad Nagel - Harvey
  • Virginia Grey
    Virginia Grey - Alida Anderson
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