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Heavens Above! (1963)

 |  Comedy  |  23 May 1963 (UK)
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A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Reverend John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ...
Archdeacon Aspinall
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Lady Despard
Ian Carmichael ...
The Other Smallwood
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Simpson
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Matthew
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Harry Smith
Irene Handl ...
Rene Smith
Miriam Karlin ...
Winnie Smith
Joan Miller ...
Mrs. Smith-Gould
Miles Malleson ...
Rockeby
Eric Barker ...
Bank Manager
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Major Fowler
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Fred Smith
Joan Hickson ...
Housewife
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A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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23 May 1963 (UK)  »

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At one point when Rev. Smallwood (Sellers) is preaching from the pulpit, a young boy is seen in the foreground reading a copy of Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita". Sellers played Quilty in Stanley Kubrick's film version of that book. See more »

Goofs

The hand sound of the organ heard at Rev Smallwood's church is too loud and rich for the small, hand-pumped console we see. See more »

Quotes

Simpson: Anytime you hear someone quoting from the bible - better watch out - it's probably the devil himself!
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References From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »

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All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Music by William H. Monk Lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
Arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
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Funny film, silly ending
7 July 2003 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Peter Sellers is great as the Brummie vicar whose gaucheness brings a small country town to its knees in this famous 60s satire. It's difficult to pin down the film's target; perhaps the film's so likeable because it seems to get a dig in at everybody at the same time. Among the targets are: religion, capitalism, communism, and British society and mores. The moral of the tale seems to be that no matter your efforts or intentions, you're unlikely to improve on the status quo (and could make things a lot worse). So in the last analysis maybe it's Conservative propaganda.

The film stomps merrily through all the issues with fun effect and should've quit when it was ahead. The final segment is crass and takes off some of the shine.


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