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Heavens Above! (1963)

A minister is accidentally appointed to a snobbish parish.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Reverend John Smallwood
Cecil Parker ...
Archdeacon Aspinall
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Lady Despard
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The Other Smallwood
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Simpson
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Matthew
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Harry Smith
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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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Or How a Humble Man of the Cloth Was Given the Old Double Cross

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23 May 1963 (UK)  »

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Cielos arriba  »

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Brock Peters who plays Matthew will be familiar to American audiences from his role as Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). See more »

Goofs

One of Lady Despard's dogs relieves itself against Smallwood's boot, as he is refused admission by Simpson the butler. A small puddle is left on a flagstone. From a different angle, Smallwood is then seen wiping one boot against the other, but there is no puddle. See more »

Quotes

[Smallwood is giving his first sermon to his new congregation]
The Reverend John Smallwood: This town is full of people who *call* themselves Christians. But from what I've seen of it, I wouldn't mind taking a bet there aren't enough *real* Christians about to feed one decent lion.
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Referenced in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) See more »

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Colonel Bogey
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Music by Kenneth Alford
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New DVD makes this classic available again; worth the wait!
24 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film made a big impression on me when I saw it 30 years ago on late night TV and am glad to say that it's finally available in an excellent DVD transfer. What "I'm All Right Jack" did for unions and management, "Heavens Above" does for clerics and laypeople. It's an honest film about how religious and secular people react to someone who, innocently, tries to act according to Christ's teachings and ends up turning society upside-down. Peter Sellers as the naif Rev. Smallwood turns in one of his most appealing performances. Plenty of hilarious supporting characters (Roy Kinnear, Ian Carmichael, Brock Peters, Bernard Miles) round out the cast. Only script weakness is the last 10 minutes...but we will forgive them charitably in gratitude for the 100 minutes before that!


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