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Heaven Help Us (1985)

A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl.

Director:

Michael Dinner

Writer:

Charles Purpura

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Brother Thadeus
John Heard ... Brother Timothy
Andrew McCarthy ... Michael Dunn
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Danni
Kevin Dillon ... Rooney
Malcolm Danare ... Caesar
Jennifer Dundas ... Boo (as Jennie Dundas)
Kate Reid ... Grandma
Wallace Shawn ... Father Abruzzi
Jay Patterson ... Brother Constance
George Anders George Anders ... Brother Augustus
Dana Barron ... Janine
John Bentley John Bentley ... First Man
Imogene Bliss Imogene Bliss ... Cook
Philip Bosco ... Brother Paul
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Storyline

Sixteen-year-old Michael Dunn arrives at St. Basil's Catholic Boys School in Brooklyn circa 1965. There, he befriends all of the misfits in his class as they collide with the repressive faculty and discover the opposite sex as they come of age. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Brooklyn, 1965. For the boys of St. Basil's it's easier to be a sinner than a saint. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The movie's closing credits in remembrance of dedication declares: "Otto Paoloni. His contribution to this industry will always be remembered". Paolini has previously passed-away mid-1984. See more »

Goofs

It seems unrealistic that Danni would be running the soda fountain shop all by herself with that many customers and no one to help her. A lunch special is shown on a wall board. However, there is no one else shown doing any cooking, attending the counter, or helping her in any way. See more »

Quotes

Caesar: [despairingly] I'll never ever get into Harvard now. I'll have to settle for Queen's College.
Caesar: [sarcastically] Well, you should feel right at home in QUEEN'S College!
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Connections

References A Hard Day's Night (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't That Peculiar
Written by Warren Moore (aka Pete Moore), Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin and Ronald White
Performed by Marvin Gaye
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User Reviews

 
I went to Catholic School...
16 July 2004 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

..and I was an altar boy, and went to church every day, and confession..

So watching this the other day brought some of that back to me. There were Brothers in the parish but nuns taught school.

As some other comments have suggested, this movie is unimaginable without Kevin Dillon. He's riotous, from beginning to end. He's given all the good lines and makes the most of them. You barely hear Patrick Dempsey's voice at all.

I was and am not an Andrew McCarthy fan, but he's very tolerable in this. Its the lead but the less showy part. His scenes with Mary Stuart Masterson don't exactly jump off the screen, but they are adequate to the movie.

Movie also gets some points from me for the Elvis references. The guys go to an Elvis movie after seeing the Pope (and get in trouble for it), plus the King is heard over the credits at the end. 8/10.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven Help Us See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,235,687, 10 February 1985

Gross USA:

$6,070,794

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,070,794
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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